To be lost is to be separated from a Holy God. To be alienated from our creator. Lostness is to be dead in sin.
A great picture of lostness is the prodigal son. In this story Jesus makes a comparison to being lost is as being dead. “Luke 15:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.”
The son is separated from the father. He is self centered and self absorbent. His sin has broken his relationship between him and his father.
It is ones own sinful nature that makes him/her lost. It is rebellion against God. Just like the son in the story to be lost is to be hopeless. And we are all born lost.
Many church members want to clean people up before getting to the heart issue. They focus on getting people to stop drinking, stop cussing and stop doing anything that doesn’t like a christian. However, if this person is still lost they are like dead people getting their hair washed and a new pair of sunglasses. What is the point? They are dead! I know many good honest, moral people who are kind, who don’t steal, they are good parents and dress nice but they are equally lost as some guy who is behind bars.
Only Christ can bring life.