It happens to everyone at some point in your life. You are walking around the house, about to leave, and you realize you do not have your keys. You had them just 1 minute ago when you were about to walk out and remembered you forgot to load something in the car. Now you are ready to go and you can not find your keys. There are different tricks we use to find out lost items. You go to the place where you know you had them last and retrace your steps. You check the last thing you unlocked and find them in the lock still. Or you yell for your spouse and somehow make it their fault for you losing your keys. There is nothing worse than losing your keys and someone telling you they know where they are at and when you ask where they say, “Right were you left them.” As annoying as that is it is truthful. Your keys are exactly where you left them. The problem is you just do not know where you left them.
Losing your keys is something similar to what Solomon wrote. In Song of Solomon 3:1 he says, “I sought him, but I found him not.” This verse was spoken as the maiden looking for her lover which is a type of us looking for Christ. We search for Him but we find him not. It is one thing to lose your keys and be late. It is an entirely different problem to lose Christ and be lost. The best part is that if you just admit to how you lost Him then that will tell you where you will find Him.
Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find Him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to destroy the part of you that lusts for that sin. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. Just like the clown who tells you that your keys are right where you left them, you look for Christ where you lost Him, for He has not gone away. Christ is always going to be right there where you left Him. Some people will use this to their advantage. They intentionally leave Christ thinking they will just find Him when they are done living the way they want to live. What they do not know is that in what felt like a 1 mile walk from Christ is actually about a 100 mile return trip. The road back to Christ is much more difficult than the road from Him.
To clarify, it is not hard to get to Christ, it is hard to get back to Christ. If you have found Christ, then cling close to Him. Do not ever leave Him. Do not neglect Him. Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd; like a tree without water at its roots; like a loose leaf in a storm—not bound to the tree of life. With your whole heart seek Him, and you will find Him. When you find Him, never let go.