“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? Luke 15:4
Picture this, your sitting in church waiting for service to begin. And in walks a stranger to the church, a notorious sinner to the community. What is your reaction? Do you look at them with condemnation or do you rejoice?
Jesus was criticized for socializing with sinners, with outcasts, with unclean people. But Jesus said he did not come to condemn the world but save it. Are you condemning the lost sheep in your community or are you trying to save them?
(Luke 15:7) “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
Our mission here is to save people’s lives, not condemn them. Jesus loves us all, he showed that by dying for us all, including the Lost Sheep. You really want to make God happy, make the heavens rejoice, find some Lost Sheep and bring them back to the Great Shepherd.
Anyone who is willing to return to our Good Shepherd, Let’s Rejoice for our Father in Heaven is rejoicing with you.
(John 10-10-11) “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
Satan is like a Lion looking to devour his prey (1 Peter 5:8) you are the prey. On your own you are weak, vulnerable. But we have a Good Shepherd who is also the King of Kings watching out for us. Who loves his sheep so much he laid down his life for them.
Your mission is to find the Lost Sheep and bring them back. Maybe you’re a Lost Sheep? It’s time to come back, back to the Good Shepherd who loves you and died for you so you can free for all eternity in Jesus name Amen