For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
A Journey with No Trail
When I was a teenager, before the days of GPS, my brothers and I went backpacking in the Adirondacks where there were no trails. We had topographical maps and compasses. This was the real deal, with hand drawn parallel lines for the local magnetic north correction drawn on every map.
The way this kind of bushwhacking works is you get a heading from the map to the next mountaintop and then follow that heading.
In the Adirondack woods, you have to keep watching the compass because the trees prevent straight paths and you can easily drift away from a straight path. When you are between peaks, you can't see the mountains around you.
When you get to the next peak, you take a bearing on each mountaintop around you and trace the lines back to where they intersect to tell you where you are. If you have been diligent about following the compass, you will be on the peak you expected. If you don't keep watching the compass, and instead trust your sense of direction, you will wander off course.
Now, the Adirondack Park is 6 million acres, so you don't want to get lost there. So we carried multiple maps in waterproof covers and had redundant compasses, because without them we could die.
So what do you do to ensure that you do not get lost?
Getting Lost (Again)
Is there a risk of you getting lost spiritually? Can you lose your way? Yes, the bible is full of warnings about having once walked uprightly only to wander.
Hebrews 3:12–14 “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.”
How do we stay found? God's word teaches us how to live so that we don't get lost or worse, caught in the world's snares.
What is the difference between someone who gets lost and someone who stays found?
The following is the behavior of those staying found: