Lost and Found

    There’s a parable Jesus told in Luke 15:1-7 about the good shepherd finding the lost sheep. He was teaching unbelievers using an illustration that the culture would perfectly understand. It went like this. A shepherd had 100 sheep that he owned and protected. As he counted them, he discovered that one little animal got lost and was not with the rest of the flock. He left the 99 and diligently sought to find the one little lost lamb. He frantically searched and when he found it, he lifted it up to rest on his shoulders, then carried it back to the fold. As soon as he got home, he called his family and friends together for a celebration. He rejoiced with all his neighbors that his little lost one was found. Jesus told this story to illustrate how the Kingdom of Heaven works. Jesus searches for the unbeliever, He weeps for them and prays for them. He will leave a whole group of righteous people to find just one who doesn’t know Him. He will enable that one to be lifted up on His shoulders and brought home. He will cause another to strike up a conversation with you or create in you a hunger for the reality of God’s love. He will draw you. There may be a huge church full of people worshipping God on a sunny Sunday. The Lord loves that. But if one unbeliever is drawn in; if just one person comes into the church because something urged him to and choses to believe, then all of Heaven breaks out into joyful celebration at the salvation of that one. Jesus seeks your heart, He comes for you, He draws you specifically, by love. He adores you. And He has already planned a party in Heaven in your honor.

    There is no coincidence that you believe. There is absolute hope and joy for you if you don’t. It’s not up to you to find Jesus. Jesus is finding you. There are several parables told by Jesus in Luke, bringing home the message that Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. God the Father sent His son Jesus, to find you. God put every human being into the hands of Jesus. Jesus looked for you, He looks for every lost one on the planet. No one is left out, no one is not good enough, no one is unwanted. Jesus does the searching simply because He loves you desperately and wants to present you to His Father. He breathlessly longs for you. As I read that, I was completely humbled and filled with awe that God sent His son to come after me. I wasn’t worthy of anything; I sure didn’t want religion and I was a mess. But He came specifically for me, He targeted me, and He saved me from myself and destruction. He healed my body from debilitating disease and opened my heart to truth. That defies logic! I quickly learned that human logic is not faith and is flawed by opinion and arrogance. We fight hard to have our opinions and beliefs and we want to think we are right. But faith is logical when the human grip of fear and control surrenders to the absolute love and freedom of Jesus. Beloved, just go for it! Live in peace and have more fun than you thought possible! Blessings.

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Lost and Found

  1. Well said Carol, I am always so grateful and thankful He pursued me. I hope today someone looking for the answer, finds it in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  2. You know how we say someone looks high and low for something….well, He had to look way down low to find me, And he did. He found me in a very dark place, grabbed ahold of me, and brought me into the light, all within two minutes! From that jumping off place….to a place of security and love. Just amazing…yes…amazing grace! Thanks for describing His love so well Carol! His love sure does shine through you!

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