(Luke 15:3-7 VOICE- Jesus told them a story. Wouldn’t every single one of you, if you have 100 sheep and lose one, leave the 99 in their grazing lands and go out searching for the lost sheep until you find it? When you find the lost sheep, wouldn’t you hoist it up on your shoulders, feeling wonderful? And when you go home, wouldn’t you call together your friends and neighbors? Wouldn’t you say, “Come over and celebrate with me, because I’ve found my lost sheep”? This is how it is in heaven. They’re happier over one sinner who changes his way of life than they are over 99 good and just people who don’t need to change their ways of life.)
We have the honor and privilege of serving a God Who treasures every single one of our lives. In His eyes we are all priceless and have an incredible purpose to carry out, but how amazing it is to know that He would leave everything and everyone else behind just to seek out that one broken heart not only to mend it’s pieces, but to mold it into something even more beautiful, precious, irreplaceable, and valued than before. I just love that He loves us so much and that even when we’re completely shattered and mangled emotionally and spiritually, He never gives up on us, but seeks after us to ensure that we never give up on Him or ourselves.
As I was reading today’s focal passage, I thought about how many times I was that “one” feeling lost and broken in comparison to how many times God sought after me to restore my heart unto His and I simply could not think of or remember a time when He wasn’t there to provide whatever it was I needed in that moment. However, what really tugged at my heart today was knowing that there are so many people who are so lost and so broken that even if He sought after them, they wouldn’t recognize His Presence because in not knowing Him they wouldn’t understand or realize the cause in which He came. (John 10:10 AMP- The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance; to the full, till it overflows.) It’s heartbreaking that so many people have never known or experienced the beauty, truth, and binding promise of the heart of Jesus in that verse.
Jesus said that we are to be the salt and the light of the world. (Matthew 5:13-16 NIV- “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.) Just as salt enriches the food for our bodies, we are to seek after the brokenhearted and enrich their lives with The Word of God. And just as light shines giving us clarity and guidance for the path we are to take, we are to shine and radiate His love and guide their hearts back to His.
Seek after and celebrate the value of one, even if that “one” happens to be you because restoration and transformation takes place in The Presence of God and you will not leave His Presence the same way you entered into It! (Isaiah 60:5 NIV- Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.)
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