“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 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. Luke 15:4-7 (NIV)
Do you want to join me in what I am doing? Of course, I want to join you in what you are doing. What are you doing? How can I join you in what you are doing? You said yes to me without qualification. You offered to join me without knowing what I was doing. Yes, I did. Isn’t that the way it should be? Shouldn’t I be willing to go wherever you lead me to do whatever you ask of me? Shouldn’t I be willing to take steps of faith to leave the unknown to do what might be uncomfortable? Must I always know where I am going and what I am doing before I say yes to you? I don’t think so. That is not the way the life of faith is, of that I am sure. So, I have given you my unqualified yes. That is very good.
Where I am going and what I am doing should come as no secret or surprise to you. Why is that? I have always been going and doing the same thing. That seems unlikely to me. You would be incorrect in that line of thinking. You will change your thinking when I tell you where I am going and what I am doing. I’m listening with expectant anticipation. You have my full attention. I am going to seek and save the lost. I am wanting to find my bruised and battered and broken lost sheep. You are right, I am not at all surprised. Why is that? You have never stopped, nor will you ever stop looking for your lost sheep. How do you know this so well? I was once one of your lost sheep. I was bruised and battered and broken. I was wandering away on a path that led away from you. You would not let me go. You pursued me. You sought me out. You made it so I could turn my life around and begin to love and to follow and serve you. You rescued me from a life without you. You and all of heaven rejoiced on the day I gave my life to you. Yes, that is true.
Do you want to rejoice with me and with all of heaven? Do you want to join me in seeking to save the lost? Will you join me in what I am doing? Can I use you in helping me to seek and find my lost sheep? Can I use you to help others to come to know and love and follow and serve me? Yes Lord, you can use me to help find your lost sheep. I am at your disposal. I am ready for your use. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for seeking and finding me, one of your lost sheep. You rescued me from a life without you. You pulled me off the path that led away from you. You rejoiced on the day I returned to you. Help me now, to join you in seeking and finding lost sheep. Amen
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