The Parable of the Lost Sheep
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.“ 15:4-7
Jesus would have left the ninety-nine sheep in a heartbeat to follow and find the one lost sheep. This takes me back to before I knew Jesus. I used to know this girl, and she was extremely involved at her church. She wasn’t naturally the type of girl I would have sought a friendship with, but she happened to sit next to me in class and before I knew it we were planning hang outs together. Eventually she got around to inviting me to her youth service at her church. I didn’t know anything about it, but I knew her and I knew that she cared about me and wouldn’t toss me into something uncomfortable, so I went. When we got there the room was filled with faces that I didn’t know and faces of some of that girls other friends. They spoke of missing her and introduced themselves to me, and that’s when everything made sense. She had been growing a friendship with me that her other friends hadn’t seen much of her in awhile, and through that friendship I was able to trust her. Through trusting her I wasn’t so scared to attend a service at her church. She had shown me Jesus though her acts of kindness, and through her friendship. Because of this I don’t think I would ever be this far in my walk with the Lord or be pursuing full time ministry.
The point of that story is obvious: we all need to seek after the lost people. It’s great to have friends who are saved and who believe in the same thing as you, but when the end times come. That one lost precious soul will be of most importance to the Lord.
“Not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.” 21:18-19
Run the race today, and tomorrow and from now on forever friends. We have absolutely nothing to fear under the Lords wing! I love you all & I hope you are doing so well, Until tomorrow! 🙂