Am I A Lost Sheep

Hello table family! Come on in out of the cold! It is currently sixteen degrees here and we have about a foot of snow on the ground. So, pull up a chair at the table and enjoy a hot beverage. Let’s pray huh?

   Father in Heaven, we come before You just now and ask that You would reveal truth to us in a new way. Open our hearts Lord and let us here You. In Jesus name, Amen.

       Well, as I sat and had my dedicated time with the Lord the other day, I reread the parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Prodigal Son. I’ve discovered some pretty cool things I’d like to share with you.

       This will be a three-part series with the focus being on each one of the parables each entry. We’ll start with the Lost Sheep. Feel free to grab a bible and turn to Luke chapter fifteen.

       We start off with Jesus responding to the Pharisees condemning Jesus for eating with “tax collectors and sinners”. Jesus of course, has a thoughtful reply…

My paraphrase:

       Jesus asks them, “If any of you had a hundred sheep and one got lost, wouldn’t you go and find it?”

       I like to equate this with having say, ten children and if one of them wandered off or got lost, you would certainly set out to find that one! I don’t know of any parent who would say “eh, I got nine more… I’m good.” I’m pretty sure you would want to find that lost child.

       We see in this parable that the Shepperd leaves the ninety-nine (who are safe) to go and look for the one who is lost. Now sheep are not really known for being observant creatures so this poor little lamb likely wandered off and didn’t even realize what had happened.

       Have you ever wandered away from your Shepperd and one day looked up only to realize how lost you were?

       I’ve been in that place. I’m just sort of doing my thing and I look around at my circumstances only to find that I’ve wandered away from my Shepperd and I’m now vulnerable and alone. A perfect setting for a wolf to come in and attack. But then a beautiful thing happens…

Luke 15:5 “and when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.”

       When the Shepperd finds us, He doesn’t just lead us back by the rod. No, He picks us up, thereby protecting us from that wolf and carries us in our weakened state and is perhaps singing songs of thanksgiving for finding His lost sheep.

       Don’t miss that in this parable, the Shepperd comes looking for the sheep. God comes looking for us. He is looking for you. He is looking for me.

       When we are found, He doesn’t scold or punish us, He doesn’t even ask for an explanation. He simply rejoices! He is willing to carry us all the way back. Then He celebrates our return.

       Oh little sheep, there is no place you can wonder that is too far for the Shepperd to go to find you. There is no land or country that He won’t travel too in order to find that lost lamb.

       Please take with you that the Shepperd, AKA, God, is looking for His lost sheep. If you feel lost today, know He is looking for you. If you are praying for another wandering sheep, keep praying… God will find them.

       Sometimes us sheep get distracted and we find ourselves wandering. God is out looking. Listen for the Shepperd’s voice and hear His call. Let Him carry you home. Let Him carry His lost sheep home.   

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