Beside Still Waters: The Lost Sheep

Therese Apel

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“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.” – Luke 15:4-7
One of the biggest downfalls of the Christian church as an institution is that instead of searching for the lost, we tend to condemn them. When someone we consider to be more of a sinner than ourselves shows up at church, often times our response is, “what’s HE doing here?”
But not Jesus. Even as we sneer and stare, Jesus and the hosts of Heaven itself are cheering, because the lost sheep is found.
What’s wrong with us, church? WHAT. IS. WRONG. WITH. US??? We’ve been given the greatest gift in history, and it’s bigger and broader and brighter and more all-encompassing than anything that ever existed, and we act like there’s not enough of Him to share Him with others?
We have been blessed to survive eternal damnation simply because of His grace. WHAT makes us think that we are the only ones who deserve it? What makes us think it is ours to dictate who is worthy of Christ’s love?
I’m telling you the truth here: There will be people in Heaven you never expected, and there will be people you expect to see that won’t be there.
God looks on the heart. Are you comfortable with that? ❤️

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