A friend of mine sent me this devotion, just as she has been for weeks now. I’m a few days behind but day 9 brought remembrance of my first Christmas as a believer in Christ. It was new. It was refreshing. It was also a time when Kayla and I were finally in our own place for the first time in a long time. I had my first nativity scene and it was placed under the Christmas tree. Worship was amazing because the Lord had just revealed Himself to me just two months prior. Celebrating Christmas for the first time as a Child of the King. Whew! I pray I never forget that season . . . but more importantly . . . I hope and pray God will use me to share the story of redemption He has given me to one lost sheep . . . . that He would use me just as He used the one He sent after me.
Who are you telling about Jesus? Are you allowing yourself to be used for the good of the kingdom? Remember the one He used to come after you.
The Pharisees and scribes complain that Jesus associates and eats with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus shares a parable with them about finding a lost sheep. The shepherd’s immediate concern is for the one sheep that is lost. When the sheep is found, the shepherd rejoices. Jesus teaches us that God actively seeks out and pursues the lost until they are found. And when the lost are found, God and all of Heaven rejoices.
God is not angry or disappointed that they were missing. He rejoices and carries us home. My desires should align with those of the Lord’s… to seek the lost. To share with those who do not know the Lord. It is very comfortable to remain with the 99 sheep in the wilderness socializing, doing ministry, worshipping, and remaining in fellowship with other believers. All of those things are important, but there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 just people who need no repentance.
Do you have a heart for the lost? If not, will you pray today for a heart of compassion that aches for those who don’t know God? Will you pray today to be a part of God’s global plan to share the Gospel with all who are lost?
Father God, I thank You for pursuing me when there were 99 others in Your care. I am so grateful for the obedience and courage of all of the people that You sent to cross my path and share of Your eternal love and grace. Lord, remove any fear or hesitation that keeps me from sharing the gospel with the unsaved. Grant me opportunities to step out of my comfort zone and reach people outside of my sphere of influence. Disrupt my comfortable position with the “99″ and open my spiritual eyes so that I will notice when the “one” is missing. Lord, I truly desire to hear heaven rejoice. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
“Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! So Jesus told them this story: “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!”
Luke 15:1-7 NLT