After an A Day Of Disaster concert (our boys' band at the time), we stopped at Whataburger to grab a burger and chill before heading home. I had just purchased my first Iphone, and I was pretty dang excited about it! Somehow, in all the excitement and "love" of burgers and phones, and obviously unknown at the time to me, the Iphone ended up in the trash!
When I arrived home I realized exactly what had happened, so I panicked! I called Whataburger., and the girl on the phone said she looked, but that it wasn't in the trash. I knew she probably DIDN'T LOOK so I took off! I knew I would find it! It was as if I was "ONE" with my Iphone! I went in the restaurant, walked right up to the large gray dumpster, and (with a borrowed phone) called my number. There it was! I could see something glowing in the bottom of the trash bag! I ripped the bag open, wiped off the ketchup, pickles, and gravy, and walked out of Whataburger victorious! My Iphone was lost, and now it was FOUND!
The "O" in the word FOUND stands for "Oneness." Oneness is a great word! I recently read this quote, "Let there be such Oneness that when one cries the other tastes the salt." That's close! Jesus Christ prayed in John 17 "I pray also for those who will believe in me through THEIR message, that all of them may be One, Father, just as you are in me and I am in You. May we also be in them so that the world may believe that You have sent me."
Jesus' desire and prayer was that people would believe and be FOUND. His desire becomes reality when believers, that know what it feels like to be FOUND, display Oneness with Christ and one another. If you have been FOUND, as I have, Oneness should be the prayer and attitude of our hearts. Jealousy, competition, bitterness, resentment, judgement, and division are enemies of that prayer. There are people around you today that need to be FOUND! The lack of Oneness in your life will never draw people to you, and in turn they won't find Jesus through your life.
If you are still searching I want you to know that the Words Jesus prayed 2000 years ago still reverberate through time. The desire is still the same. That you would believe. Make this declaration today, "Jesus I believe in You. I have been so lost, and I want desperately to be FOUND. Find me today and forgive me as I put my faith in You."
Take a minute and look around you today. I know there is someone in a cubicle beside you, in an office across the hall, or on the job site with you that was lost and now they are FOUND too. They can help you know what to do and where to go next. Feel free to send us an e-mail through our contact link. Donna and I can now experience this Oneness that Jesus was talking about with you. We'd love to send you some information about what to do next, and help you find a place where you can connect with other believers.
It's so awesome to be FOUND!