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The Good Shepherd

Have you ever been lost?  Wandered around aimlessly trying to figure out where you were?  Maybe things got difficult for you once and you ran away.  Maybe you’re lost right now and you don’t even know it.  In Matthew chapter 18, Jesus illustrates this picture with the parable of the lost sheep.  “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?” Matthew 18:12  Jesus is expressing how caring the shepherd is, that he is concerned so much for the one sheep that has gone astray, he’s willing to leave the other 99 to find the lost. “And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.” Matthew 18:13

In John chapter 10 Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 When we’re lost and gone astray, the Good Shepherd searches for us.  He is prepared to fight off the wolves as they move in around us.  He calls out to us and we hear Him, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 Is He calling out to you today?  Is He searching for you to bring you back to the fold?   

 

Father I pray right now for the lost sheep.  Lord God my heart is burden for the lost sheep that are wandering out there right now.  Lord you know their names.  Dear Lord you know the name of the burden you’ve placed on my heart.  I pray Lord that he hears your voice and knows it.  I pray Lord that you seek him out and find him.  Prepare a hedge around him and protect him from the wolves that seek to rob, kill, and destroy.  Lord I pray that your word holds true that “A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”  Father God I pray right now in the name of Jesus that you return this lost sheep to his fold.  That you strengthen those you placed in charge of your fold that they tend to the lost sheep when he returns.  Lord we faithfully await to rejoice when this lost sheep is found.  I ask these things in the name of the Good Shepherd, Your Son, My Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

II Timothy 2:19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”

God is Love

“The world takes us to a silver screen on which flickering images of passion and romance play, and as we watch, the world says, ‘This is love.’  God takes us to the foot of a tree on which a naked and bloodied man hangs and says, ‘This is love.’ – Joshua Harris

 

That quote kind of puts things in perspective doesn’t it?  It’s for this reason Jesus tells us in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”  Not only is he speaking directly to his disciples and teaching them of the second greatest command, behind only, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30, but He is prophesying about His pending death on the cross for each of our sins.  He was telling them, and us through His word, that He loved us so much He was willing to die for us.  We learn again of this great love in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  While we were still sinners, while we were caught up in selfishness, pride, immorality, lying, cheating, stealing, drunkenness, adultery, murdering,….raping…., every single filthy disgusting act that man can think of and has done.  While we were doing all of that, Jesus loved us so much that He died for each and every one, as he hung on that cross at Calvary.  How can we know that and not love the Lord with all of our heart?

We once got into a discussion in my Bible study about love, how can we define it?  The answer to this question is simple, God is love.  We see His love in sending His Son to die for us.  We see His love in granting us mercy when we least deserved it.  We see His love through grace when we deserve to be condemned.  We see His love through the cross.  God is love.  Think about that the next time someone is so quick to throw around the word love as a though its meaning were trivial.  Do they really know what love is?  Take the time to show them that God is love.

Have a Blessed Day!

“God is Light.” “God is Love.” That which professes to be light yet lacks love, is not of God; while that which calls itself love, but is not according to light is equally not of God. – J. Charleton Steen