The Lost Sheep

by Ron Squibb

| Photo by Nadia Superfino on Unsplash

In Luke 15, Jesus is answering the religious people who were angry at Him for spending time with sinners, non-religious people to minister to them. Jesus gives them three parables about the lostness of people and that the church has a responsibility to go and find people that need a relationship with Jesus!

We read about the shepherd and sheep in Luke 15: 3-7. A man had a hundred sheep, and one of them got lost. Jesus asks them what the shepherd will do. Jesus says he will leave the 99 sheep and go and look for the one that is lost until he finds it. When he finds that lost one, he picks it up and carries it back to the rest of the sheep.

The lost sheep refers to people that willfully walk away from the Lord. Some people want nothing to do with the Lord, but the Lord still searches for them. We may have family and friends like the lost sheep who willfully walk away from the Lord. But just like the Lord does not give up on us, we cannot give up on lost people. We constantly need to go searching for them until we find them.

When the shepherd finds that lost one, what does he do? In Luke 15: 6-7, we read: “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 (RELIGIOUS), AND HAVEN’T STRAYED AWAY.”

As a follower of Jesus on the journey of life, we need to look for lost people who need to know that the shepherd is looking for them. We come in contact with people like this every single day. Let’s start looking and finding people that need Jesus!

Lord, help me to see the opportunities today to reach lost people for You!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pastor Ronald Squibb has been the Lead Senior Pastor of the International Christian Church (ICC) at State‎n Island, New York, since 2011. He draws many experiences from his over 40 years as a pastor and significant emotional life experiences.

His new book, Following the Journey with Jesus, which he co-authored with Daniel McNaughton, was recently published and is getting rave reviews. His daily devotional appears in this publication.

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