Passages - Week 1: The Explorer

Hide and Seek

Day 5

“But the LORD God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’”Genesis 3:9

“Where are you?” That was God’s first question to Adam and Eve when they turned away in sin. It is not that they were physically lost, though he and his wife were attempting to hide from God (Genesis 3:8). But God cannot be tricked. He knows everything (Psalm 139:1-3). They were experiencing the consequence of their sin—alienation from God. Ever since, men and women who are spiritually lost have wandered on their own (Isaiah 53:6), trying to hide whenever they sense God is near.

God hasn’t given up the hunt. Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost, (Luke 19:10) and we can join with Him in this mission. What better way to do so than to follow God’s example by asking, “Where are you in your spiritual journey?” 

Thought

The first step of a spiritual conversation is often a question.

Take a Step

Ask a casual acquaintance or somebody on your 10+ List about his or her spiritual journey. Use questions such as “What is your religious background or experience?” “What have you tried in your spiritual journey?” “Where are you now spiritually?” “Do you think you are moving toward God, away from God or staying about the same?” 

If you've engaged in spiritual conversations, what questions have you used this week and how was the response?

Bonus

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

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