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Searching for the Lost

Luke 15:6

‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’

Life ChangeI know I’m weird – at least weirder than most people (no shouts of amen please). When I lose something – it is very hard for me to stop looking for it. I’ve searched for hours at times. I’ve been known to get up in the middle of the night – to look for something that I had misplaced. I woke just this past week to look for my wedding ring. I realized – in my sleep – that it wasn’t on my finger. Don’t ask how – but yes – I did.

Some know that I had lost my wedding band for a whole year. I rationalized in my mind that my grandchildren had dropped it in the trash can (by mistake) when I left it on my desk at home during my second shoulder surgery. I searched a good two months before I settled in my mind that it was gone. I thought it was long gone – and then a year later – almost to the day – I found it in an old pair of pajama bottoms I must have had on while recovering from the surgery (my wife says the meds must have had me loopy for me to not remember putting it in there). The joy at finding my ring was audible for all in the house. I was so excited – my wife wasn’t sure what had happened.

So – this night last week – I had taken my ring off while I typed in the dining room and left it on the table (I was working there to be with my wife who was also at the dining room table working). I went to bed without it and – don’t ask me how – I realized in the middle of the night it wasn’t on. I got up immediately and began to search for it. I found it in the dining room about 5 minutes after the search began and I could go back to sleep. I was at peace and happy and fought the desire to wake my wife and tell her I had found my ring (she would have been happy that I found the ring but not happy to be awakened).

Have you ever lost something and couldn’t stop looking for it? My wedding band was only one of many things I have lost or misplaced for the moment and searched high and low for – often finding it – but on occasion not finding it.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Jesus was reminding us that lost souls matter to Him and that He will constantly look for them. Luke 15:1–7 – 1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 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? 5 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.’ 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.

What is it in your life – dear reader – that is worth searching for – endlessly? Jesus believes that lost souls are worth the effort. Are there any lost souls in your life? Are we striving to reach them with Jesus’ saving grace? Who reached out and helped to find you – when you were lost? Are you returning the favor – by helping to reach others for Christ?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

May 14, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. One of the problems – some do not see folks as saved or lost. They don’t grasp the idea that some can be lost – eternally. Some pastor – churches – even denominations – have a hard time with eternal condemnation. We must realize that we are in the end times and that those not saved will be lost eternally.


    Comment by raymcdonald | May 14, 2019 | Reply

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