The Lost Sheep
Easter is over and “Christian” holidays won’t be back for another nine months. Now is when the faithful get lazy and begin to wander off on their own path. Summer is coming, long weekends away beckon us, and plans spin out of control. A midst all our plans, it is so easy to walk away from God’s plan.
In Luke, Jesus tells a story about a sheep that wanders off on its own:
“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 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 the ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away.” –Luke 15:4-7
In our world it is so easy to just wander off and forget about Jesus and what he did for us for months at a time. That is not the relationship God desires with you. He wants you, as you are, to be with him always. That doesn’t mean locked in an empty room with just your Bible for months at a time. It means, talking to Him, reading His Word, and letting His commands influence your life.
Have you wandered off? Have you left the church pew and your Bible behind?
Turn around. Go back. Jesus wants you and he loves you.