27th July 2019

Lost and Found

“Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
Matthew 10:39 (NIV)

Recently I flew from Edinburgh to Zurich for a conference. On arrival, I stood at the conveyor belt watching my fellow passengers collect their suitcases. Until I was the only one left, as it slowly dawned on me my luggage wasn’t coming.

On the face of it, this situation was no big deal. I still had the clothes I was standing in. The airline gave me an emergency supply of toothpaste, soap and a razor. I was staying in a comfortable hotel. Nobody died. Yet in another sense, the experience was strangely unsettling; it felt like I had lost everything. And there was also the uncertainty of not knowing when my suitcase and I would be reunited.

Aren’t our lives a bit like that? In the carousel of life, there are finders and keepers, winners and losers. Although in one respect we are all losers because at the end of our lives, we all lose everything we have.

Yet for one third of the global population, there is hope of something bigger and better ahead. Around 2.5 billion Christians on the planet believe that in Jesus they have found the secret of eternal life. The biggest secret of all, however, is that Jesus is not just for Christians. He came to save all humankind.

To paraphrase a famous old hymn, like most luggage that goes astray, “We once were lost, but now are found.”

Thanks to Jesus, everyone’s future is in the bag.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, that you have come to seek and save the lost, through your son, Jesus Christ, our hope of eternal life.
Amen

Study by Peter Mill
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About the Author:
Peter Mill is an Elder and the Missions Developer of the National Ministry Team of Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. He and his wife, Jackie, are Pastoral Workers for Grace Communion International in Scotland and Ireland.

Local Congregation:
GCI, Edinburgh
Gilmerton New Church
Ravenscroft Street
EDINBURGH
EH17 8QJ

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Peter Mill
Email: edinburgh@gracecom.church

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