Luke 15:4-6, “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep, and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’”
When something is lost frustration ensues. Feelings quickly become frantic when the missing article is a living being. As the shepherd does in the passage above, we too would search for the one lost until it is found and safe again. For a parent, the desperation of finding a lost child is unimaginable. And when the lost child is rescued radically, the relief and joy is also beyond comprehension.
Right now, God is searching for countless people. The lost matter deeply to Him. In fact, Luke 15:7 continues, “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” How amazing to be celebrated in such a way! The message is clear: God sees you. He wants you to find peace. And you matter to Him!
Thank God for His kindness and love. Ask Him to place someone in your path today to share from the overflow of your heart, how much they matter to God also.
Pray a high-risk prayer that you will encounter someone lost today. Be aware of those you encounter and be ready to share God’s love.