The One and the Ninety-Nine
Today’s scripture selection: Luke 15-16
Key Verses: Luke 15:4-7
It was only one little sheep. For some, it was no big deal. Let it wander off – there are still ninety-nine left. Such was the attitude of the lazy shepherd in Jesus’ day.
But then there was the good shepherd; the shepherd who worried over each one. To that shepherd, should even one small sheep wander off – there was nothing more important than finding it and bringing it back into the fold; back home.
And so Jesus could use this simple story to illustrate how God feels about His people – those safe and secure – and those who have somehow wandered off into dangerous territory.
What did the Lord say happened when that one lost sheep was found? Simple – it was time for a great party. And so it is in the life of faith.
We all wander off now and then. We
- Think we know better or
- We get bored or
- We think the grass is a little more tasty over “there”
- We want a little adventure or
- We resent having to always follow the Good Shepherd’s guidelines
There are a thousand reasons why and how we can get “lost.”
But, each time – God goes searching – God goes calling – God goes rescuing His lost.
Of course there is one big difference between that little lost sheep and us. We have a choice whether or not to be carried home to the flock.
Prayer: Father, thank you for always seeking me with your love. And should I wander off, thank you for your amazing grace that brings me home. AMEN.