Yesterday we had an extra dog. This dog had visited our house once before and I knew it to be fat, old, and peaceful, so I wasn’t overly concerned about it. The last time this happened, her owner came driving through our neighborhood until she saw her, got out and scooped the dog up and sped away. This time, though, the dog camped out at our back door. She climbed up on a couch on the patio for a nap, and even pawed at the door a time or two asking to come inside. She wasn’t bothering us, but I knew her owner would be looking for her, and I knew the dog would not be easily found while sleeping on my back patio. So I did the one thing I did not want to do: I turned to Facebook.
Let me be clear that I do not think that Facebook is inherently evil (but in the same sense that alcohol is not inherently evil). As a general rule, though, I don’t post on Facebook. No, you’ve never seen the selfies of me climbing Denali, running the Boston Marathon, or swimming the English Channel. I may have taken the pictures, but the thought of posting on Facebook or any other social media just never crosses my mind.
I decided, though, to make an exception in this instance. I thought it myself, “It can’t hurt to try.” So I took a picture of the dog and posted it with this caption: “‘I wanna go home.’ Does anyone happen to know where home is?” Within 10 minutes, Bella the dog was safely with her owner. It worked, and I am grateful to all who assisted.
But it almost didn’t work, because I almost didn’t try it, because I almost didn’t think about it. (Actually, it was suggested to me. My plan was to load the dog up and drive around looking for someone who looked like they were looking for a dog.) And that got me to thinking about the gospel. Do we not think about the gospel the way I do not think about Facebook? Many people are lost and do not know how to get home. The best hope is that they find their Father, but how to get the lost and their Father together? The gospel is not the best answer: it is the only answer. But what if we never think about it?
Dear Christians, we must be in a gospel frame of mind. Maybe we should spend more time with it (much like some do with Facebook), studying it, learning what there is to be learned, commenting and liking those things “pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Maybe we should lift up our eyes and look at the fields more (much like many farmers have been doing lately) (John 4:35). Maybe we should be praying about the lost to our Father who desires to see them found (you know, kind of like texting). But most of all, maybe we should be joyfully, enthusiastically, diligently using the right tool for the job to get the lost back home to their Father.