Leaving The Ninety-Nine

Hello everyone, Liz here. We all had a blast on Will’s birthday! I know you will enjoy his report! This gives me a chance for sharing on a more serious note.

In Luke 15:1-7, Jesus tells a parable about a  lost sheep. We who know the blessedness of salvation, were all once that “one”. We were lost, empty, lonely, brokenhearted and most definitely, clueless as to our condition.  Do we tend to leave the comfort of the “99”? Not usually. We enjoy our comfortable group. They like us there. They make us feel good. When we leave the “ninety-nine”, it takes a lot of effort to assure that “one” that they are very much a part and make them comfortable. 100 is a nice even number. We need that “one”. Without them we are not complete. Many times we do not realize it because we don’t have a shepherds heart. Only Jesus can give us that kind of heart.  The parable in Luke is speaking of salvation, but I can assure you that this can happen in the context of God’s people. This week we have seen an example of this played out. One dear little one here appeared to be sad, lonely, and withdrawn. She wasn’t hard to spot. I noticed her back in November when we came. At that time, I felt like she had a big target on her. God wanted to do something in her life. Jesus would have made time for her and has. He sees the heart of those that are many times invisible to us, those who have no hope. He feels the pain of those who are left out. All of God’s children are precious to Him. We are seeing this one blossom before our eyes. I had a chance to share good news from the Scripture with her and confirm God’s love to her. She has no biological mother, but in God’s kingdom she has a bunch!

This is the Scripture the Lord laid on my heart to share. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Amen.

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