As some of you know I am neck deep in a new book, 40 Days of Lent – the people, places, and events surrounding The Passion. This past weekend as I watched the snow and temperatures fall I wrote. I want to share this with you today. Yes, it’s a tickler for the book that is coming for your Lenten season but it’s more than that – it is THE VALUE OF ONE.
Please read every word and know how very much you matter to The One who matters the most.
Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives [welcomes] sinners and eats with them.” So He spoke this parable to them, saying: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just [upright] persons who need no repentance.
Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15.1-10
Is it not interesting and rather profound that the Lamb of God, the Righteous One, refers to His people as sheep! And, He is the shepherd of the flock! The Good Shepherd.
Because we have raised goats the parable of the lost sheep rings very authentic to me. We always knew the headcount of our goats and if one turned up missing everything else became secondary. My husband, the shepherd of the goats, would go out looking for them – first he would make sure the counted-for were penned and cared for, then he would go on the hunt. He would not stop searching until the lost one was found and safely placed back in the fold.
A coin collector, my husband oft times takes his coins out and looks at them! Checking dates and condition. IF he should drop one, he immediately gets down on his hands and knees until the one is found and back in its rightful place.
There is great value in ONE.
Jesus thought so.
The angels think so.
God thinks so.
Don’t ever think of yourself as insignificant because when you do that? You are telling God something He does not for one minute think of you. He values you. In fact, if you turn up missing-in-action? He’s going to send out the Holy Ghost search party and will not give up until He finds you. I’m so grateful He didn’t let me stay in the muddy pig sty for long – He ever so gently began showing me the way back to Him. It took a while, there was some sticky, stinky mud to wash away but I made it to His shoulders and have never let go my grip!
† Perhaps you are feeling like a lost coin, a lost sheep, or maybe even a lost child during this Lenten Season. There is never a bad time to be found; the important thing is responding to the Searcher! He’s looking and the angels are always at the ready for a happy hallelujah dance! Where are you feeling lost today? Are you resisting the manhunt? There will be NO peace until you are riding on the shoulders of The Good Shepherd, headed Home.