I read Luke chapter 15 yesterday. It is a collection of 3 parables. All 3 talk about something lost and the seeker of the lost thing. The most famous of these is the prodigal son. For some reason on this day I was captivated by the first story, the lost sheep.
“4 “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? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 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 NIV
I have been that lost sheep. God sought me out and found me and gathered me up and carried me back home.
Where are you today? There are only two options, in the sheepfold or out of the sheepfold. If you are out, God is seeking you, not to punish you but to gather you up and bring you back to the safety of his flock.
Later on in Luke Jesus says this about himself and mission “10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Luke 19:10 NIV