Highland News Leader

Devotional: Jesus came to save the lost

A man absolutely hated his wife’s cat and decided to get rid of the animal one day by driving him 20 blocks from his home and leaving him at the park.

As he was getting home, the cat was walking up the driveway.

The next day, he decided to drive the cat 40 blocks away. He put the cat out and headed home.

Driving back up his driveway, there was the cat!

The man kept taking the cat further and further, and the cat would always beat him home.

At last he decided to drive a few miles away, turn right, then left, past the bridge, then right again and another right until he reached what he thought was a safe distance from his home and left the cat there.

Hours later, the man calls home to his wife: “Jen, is the cat there?”

“Yes,” the wife answers, “Why do you ask?”

Frustrated, the man answered, “Put him on the phone, I’m lost and need directions.”

There is some truth in his statement: We are all lost and in need of direction.

But the good news is that Jesus came to save the lost.

And once God finds us, He extends His offer to lead us through this life into the life beyond.

He only requires that we let Him lead.

Jesus made this a stipulation: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23

Denying ourselves is difficult for most, for we want to be in control. We want to think we are in charge of our lives. It’s only when we surrender ourselves to God, and let Him lead, that we begin to have direction in life.

Let me encourage you to memorize and meditate on this powerful verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Pastor Billy Blackmon

Highland Southern Baptist Church