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February Activate Post: A desperate search


Last week while in Chicago, I lost my Fitbit. I know that this is not an earth-shattering event, but it was a big deal to me. I spent more than an hour retracing my steps through the city, tearing my hotel room apart, and asking every hotel employee I saw if they had found a Fitbit. I searched everywhere, and was beginning to give up hope when I turned to God in prayer. I prayed that God would help me find my Fitbit.

A Bible verse came to mind, “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:8-10, NIV)

This story that Jesus told is sandwiched between two other stories about lost things: A lost sheep and a lost son. This chapter gives us a peak into our Father’s heart for the lost. Sometimes I think we forget the plight of the lost in this world. Let me paint a picture of the world today. More than two billion people have no access to the gospel. More than 2.7 billion people have access to the gospel in some way, but have not chosen to accept the redemptive love of God. These numbers may be too large to comprehend, but each of these people has a name. They are someone’s child, mother, father, friend, or acquaintance.

The now-popular song Reckless Love reminds us of this all-consuming passionate love that God has in seeking and finding us. He wants the same for every person on the planet. The exciting part is that He has chosen us as His delivery system of hope and healing in this world.

As I searched for my Fitbit, I was reminded of how desperately God seeks us out, and how we are to desperately to seek out those who are lost in this world.

As a final note, guess how my lost Fitbit story ends? A stranger found my Fitbit in the street, investigated who it belonged to, located me on Facebook, and delivered it my hotel lobby. Like the woman in the story, I rejoiced that my lost Fitbit was found, and I told my friends and posted my happiness on Facebook.

Lord, help us to have the same passion to seek the lost and rejoice when they are found.

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Rhonda Dahlin serves as the director of church culture for TMS Global.