The Good Shepherd

In scripture, we are compared a lot to sheep. And that sounds great.

Because sheep are cute. They are fuzzy. The are sweet little lambs. And so, in the bible when we are called sheep we think that’s a compliment.

It’s not. Being called sheep is not a good thing. We are not being complimented.

Sheep need the constant care and guidance from the shepherd. Without it, they would not make it. Without the care, voice, and help of the shepherd, they literally would not survive.

They would get lost.

So, look at what happens today in Matthew 18:12-14:

What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

urlWe see a shepherd that had 100 sheep. And 99 are fine. One is lost, sure, but 99% is a pretty good success rate. I think any of us would be happy with that. But, not the Good Shepherd. Not God.

He wants all the sheep to be found. So, He goes out, searching for that sheep. Until He finds it. And there is much rejoicing when that happens.

Today, little sheep, no matter where you are in your faith, God is searching for you. He is looking for you. He is pursuing you. If you are lost and don’t know where you are. Even if you can’t find your way. Even if you want to give up.

The good shepherd is looking.

And He won’t give up on you. Come home. He is looking for you now. He loves you more than you’ll ever know. Come home.

The Good Shepherd loves all His sheep. The 99. And the 1. But, He rejoices when that little lost one comes home.

And so should we. Today, we are thankful that we serve a God that seeks us out.

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