Article - The Seriousness of Being Lost

What does it really mean to be lost? It is sad that some people do not even consider the eternal state of their soul. However, this question is the most serious anyone could ever consider. Jesus said, "I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come" (Jn 8:21). In this verse, Jesus illustrates the seriousness of being lost. But what does it really mean to be lost?

Separation From God. Being lost means we are separated from God. Concerning the separation of sin God says, “Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2). Can you imagine the horror of being separated from the God of love for all eternity?

Eternity with the Devil. Being lost means that the Devil will be your master for all eternity. Concerning eternity with the Devil Jesus said, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). Who would want to spend eternity with a liar, murderer and evil individual (John 8:44)? No one would. Yet, if we are lost that is what eternity will be like.

While these are only a couple of the characteristics of being lost, they should make each of us want to be saved and go to Heaven. Dear friend, are you saved or are you lost? Are you unsure if you are saved or lost? The Bible teaches that to be saved one must believe in Jesus (John 8:24), repent of past sins (Luke 13:3), Confess the Lord before men (Romans 10:10) and be baptized for the remission of his sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38). Have you met these conditions for salvation? If not, then according to the Bible you are still lost. The good news is that God and other Christians want you to go to Heaven. Make the right choice today and become a Christian.

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