Undoubtedly, one of the saddest words in the English language is the word LOST. In the temporal realm, we consider it a tragedy for a small child to be lost. Those interested in earthly fortunes have committed suicide when a million dollars has been lost in their business. It deeply grieves many of us when we lose something of sentimental value. But if these illustrations convey sorrow, they cannot compare with the emptiness that shall be ours in Judgment if our soul is forever lost. Our Lord once asked a penetrating question: "For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26). Yes, to be lost eternally is the most tragic dilemma of all.
Did you know that the majority of men have always been lost? There has never been a time, in God's dealings with His creation, that sin failed to gain control. In Noah's day, only eight righteous souls were saved, and multitudes perished (1 Peter 3:20). In the time of Abraham, not even ten righteous souls could be found in Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18). During the time of Moses, thousands of Israelites were destroyed because of sin (1 Corinthians 10:5-12). In the era of Christ, the masses rejected Him and helped to crucify the Lord of Hosts. Only a handful of faithful servants followed the Lord. And today the situation has not changed. Millions are fascinated by "the pleasures of sin" and few truly "seek God's kingdom first" (Matthew 6:33). Men are lost because they will not surrender to the Lord (Luke 9:23; 14:33). Obey today, that Heaven may be your home (Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:27-29, Revelation 14:13).