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George Bowers Sr.: Lost in plain sight
By George Bowers Sr.
Emergency workers have been frantically searching for the Malaysian Airliner, Flight 370, for over a month now. The efforts to find the missing plane still dominate many news broadcasts. Every new ping and each new piece of floating debris is reported globally as grieving families seek closure and as an anxious world looks on.
Such intent searching reminds me of two parables Jesus told in Luke 15 about a lost sheep and a lost coin. In each instance careful diligent searches were made until the lost items were recovered and there was great celebration when they were.
In his attempts to bring us to himself, Jesus has enlisted his followers to be his search team. Just before he ascended back to heaven, he commissioned them to go into all nations and continue his work of seeking and saving that which was lost. It is still the duty today of every born again believer to search just as diligently for lost souls as it is for those in the Indian Ocean who are seeking the missing plane.
Instead of floating debris, visual signals of spiritual need will more often appear as drug or alcohol addiction, splintered relationships, angry outbursts, tears of anguish, or other outward demonstrations of inward pain. Whenever we sense a need, let us immediately respond with God's love and the good news of Jesus.
In this technologically advanced age, it's hard to imagine that no one knows what happened to Flight 370. And yet many of us are unaware of what's going on in the lives of those around us simply because we've never taken the time to look or listen. If we spent just a fraction of the cost and effort of the airliner search on rescuing lost souls for Jesus, what eternal results would we see? I want to encourage all believers to actively search for others in need of salvation and to do all we can to bring them safely into God's fold. Blessings, George
George Bowers Sr. is the pastor of Antioch Church of the Brethren in Woodstock and the author of four books, including his latest book of poetry, "Wit and Wisdom of the Woods." He can be reached at email@example.com.
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