Daily Devotional “The Lost One”
January 22, 2022
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“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.
But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.’
Then Jesus told them this parable: ‘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.”
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.’”
Jesus describes a shepherd who leaves ninety-nine sheep out in open country to seek a lost one.
On the surface, that doesn’t seem like wise livestock management. What rancher turns his back on an entire flock to scour the terrain for one foolish, wandering animal? Jesus does.
Yes, he loves the ninety-nine, but his heart yearns for the missing sheep, the one in eternal peril.
After searching high and low, the shepherd finally finds the stray and carries it home on his shoulders.
In his great joy, he even calls friends to come celebrate with him. This is how much Jesus loves and longs for that lost one you’ve been praying over for so long.
Yes, maybe he or she is a rebel in whom others see no worth. The Good Shepherd, however, will never stop searching and calling.
And that’s why we should never, ever stop praying for and loving those who are lost.
Jesus, forgive me for giving up on people who have rejected you and hardened their hearts against you.
Sometimes I write people off as a bad investment, but you never do.
Help me not to shrug my shoulders about those who choose to ignore you or oppose you and wander into darkness. Give me a heart like yours, Great Shepherd.
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