08 Aug Going After “THE ONE”
4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. ~ (Luke 15:4-7)
Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? ~ Jesus (Matt.12:12)
It seems a bit risky to leverage the lives of 99 sheep just to go after “the one” that’s lost. There are so many amazing truths to this parable, but for the sake of time I will just share one. Jesus describes Himself as “The good Shepherd” (“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep JN. 10:11) He draws an analogy that any good shepherd would not be willing to loose not even one of his sheep because to a “Good shepherd” his sheep are priceless. You just can’t put a price on their lives. But here the story takes on a much deeper meaning. Any shepherd, who was blessed to have 100 sheep, if he so happened to lose just one would he really risk leaving the ninety-nine to go searching for “the one” that’s lost? Most of us would probably have the mindset of, “it’s just one sheep, you have ninety-nine others. There’s no need to risk everything searching for just one lousy sheep.” But Jesus proved to us all that that’s not the heart nor the attitude of a good shepherd.
A good shepherd will risk everything, including his very own life to find “the one” sheep that has gone astray. Isaiah said, “We like sheep have all gone astray…(IS.53:6)” But Jesus, “Our good shepherd” has come searching for us. He left the “ninety-nine” and came for us…everyone of us! He left a place of safety and security to come looking for us. He refused to go home without us; He refused to quit searching for us, He refused to give up, He refused to “Throw in the towel” until He found us. The picture I see in my heart is that our Jesus can’t sleep until all of His children are found and brought home safely! The good shepherd ultimately gave His life to save the lives of His sheep! It all starts with going after “the one” who has seemingly left the fold.
In the depths of my heart, I want nothing more then to display the heart of “The Good Shepherd!” I want to win souls for Jesus! In two weeks we will be leaving to go to Brazil. We will be there for three weeks traveling to various city’s and towns searching for “the one” that is lost! Following in the footsteps of our Good Shepherd, we risk it all to pursue the lost with the love of Jesus! Pursuing those who for whatever reason have gone astray. Please pray for us as we go. Pray that God will be glorified in all that we do! Please pray that the Holy Spirit would move mightily on the hearts of all His people during all of our soul winning campaigns. Lastly, please pray for my family, as I will be gone for several weeks traveling all throughout Brazil searching for those who are lost.
May God bless all that you do! May His name always be exalted in and through our lives!
All for souls,
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