“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” ~ Ephesians 2:8
People magazine ran an article about the death of Amy Winehouse this past week. One the table of contents page, there was a picture of her with the simple caption, “Lost Soul.” I’m sure it was meant to be a play on words, with her being a soul singer, but the full impact of the phrase really struck me.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if there were a gallery of photos of every person alive, with the words, “Lost Soul” emblazoned across the bottom. When a person choses to become a follower of Christ, the phrase would then be blotted out, and replaced with the word, “Saved.”
Would it make a difference? Would you be moved by the sheer number of “lost souls” there are in the world? Or would it become just one more thing to see, something to gawk at, like a roadside accident, only to return to life unchanged?
Somehow, I think that seeing a gallery of “lost souls” would be as overwhelming as seeing the piles of shoes in the Holocaust museum. Seeing the masses of people who live in darkness, looking into their eyes, gazing at their faces, knowing exactly what eternity awaits them. I can’t help but think it would spur many believers on to action.
There will never be a gallery like this, but everyday life is full of moments where you can look into the eyes of people who bear the title, “Lost Soul.” Take a moment to look into their eyes – really see them. Pray for them; reach out to them. You may be the one voice who will share with them the good news that will change their label from eternally lost to saved by grace.