#386 – The Lost Sheep

Good morning people with a heart for the lost

Yesterday we saw Jesus’ heart for ‘sinners’. It’s in this context that Jesus starts telling several parables; a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost son. Let’s have a look at the first one.

Luke 15:3-7 Then Jesus told them this parable: “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 neighbours 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.

Sometimes I think we miss the heart of Jesus when it comes to people being found. We often get more excited about a Christian being healed than a sinner being saved.

In this parable Jesus mentioned the shepherd ‘going after the lost sheep until he finds it’. There’s a persistence here that is needed. Sometimes we pray for people for awhile and then wonder if they will ever be saved (found). We need to not only pray, but look for, build relationship with, have meals with, practically love and care for sinners