For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate (Lu 15:24).
Being unsaved is worse than just being irreligious, agnostic or impious. It’s worse than missing some arbitrary social norms and values. Firstly, the Bible calls it being in a state of spiritual death. That spells separation from God. The graces, blessings and presence of God are inaccessible to such. Spiritual death also connotes being ignorant of and oblivious to things divine. Heavenly matters don’t make sense to the unregenerate. When you’re dead you’re also inactive, inert and infertile in the Spirit. Thus, until we are born again, we are ignorant, irrelevant, isolated and unfruitful as far as the Kingdom of God is concerned. Only the Holy Spirit can make us alive, bring revelation and liberate us from the law of sin and death (Rom 8:2). Secondly, being unsaved means being in a state of lostness. That spells being confused, unknown or unclaimed. When you’re lost you don’t know where you’re going and where you’re at. You don’t know the way back home. You don’t know who you are or whose you are. No wonder there’s such a mass identity crisis the world over! Only the One who came to seek and save the lost can rescue you (Lu 19:10). That’s why we must have compassion on our unsaved neighbours. That’s why it doesn’t make sense to judge or argue with them. Let the Light of Christ Jesus shine upon them and through us!