A Church for Lost Causes…

August 23, 2015

 

Do you ever wonder why someone would take their own life? Does it surprise you that some people would go to such extreme lengths to commit suicide? If you think about it, anyone who would resort to ending their own life must be in, what they perceive to be a hopeless situation. The world is just filled with hurting, desperate people…feeling trapped and alone. And the path that brought them to this place of helplessness must be almost unbearable to revisit. All they can think of is..."How did I make such a big mess of my life!?!?" The pain in their past only reinforces the futility of their future and they see no other solution.

 

Once a person gets to this point, they better not expect to get much sympathy. You may have hit rock bottom but the world doesn’t make it any easier to climb out. Society puts a stigma on these folks. They label them as "failures" and are only too quick to write them off as lost causes. Just think of how overwhelming it must be to go through life after you crash and burn. To feel unloved, rejected, condemned and isolated…and all because of your own poor choices. Imagine the single mother, the drug addict, the divorcee, all struggling to make sense of their circumstances. At some point they conclude there’s no way out. Any hopes they may have clung to, are shattered. Recovery becomes just an illusion.

 

But that is where the church comes in. We can be different. We can offer love and acceptance that comes from the realization that we are ALL sinners. We are all "lost causes". Were it not for a loving God who reached out to mankind with infinite grace and boundless mercy, we too would be lost. We have the opportunity to introduce wounded souls to a God of second chances. He accepts us and welcomes us with open arms… when everyone else has long since passed us by. The church has the opportunity to demonstrate to a hurting world that we serve a God for messed up people. We can show in brilliant colors, the stark contrast between a judgmental crowd and a home for the forgiven. No self-righteous folks here…only sinners, saved by grace. We tend to be more compassionate when we are reminded of how terribly flawed we ourselves are. Do we see our imperfections in the mirror? Our honest humility about our own sin should make us more compassionate. The church can offer redemption, reconciliation, and restoration. We can illustrate for them what forgiveness really looks like. We are a forgiven people who extend forgiveness. And with that offer we bring men and women HOPE! No matter how desperate our situation we can find a new beginning. There’s a new day dawning because we are forgiven and free. Christ takes lost causes and makes them His very own. He picks us up and brushes off our guilt and heals our wounds. He restores our dignity & fills our heart with joy. So if you’re feeling like all is lost, look up!

 

"I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, and heard my cry. 2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. 3 He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD." Psalm 40:1-3 NKJV

 

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV

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