Lost Sheep

In Luke 15, we find the story of the lost sheep. The shepherd leaves the 99 to look for the one lost sheep.
We are a lot like sheep. And even today, it is not a compliment to be compared to a sheep. Sheep are some of the dumbest animals around. They are stupid- about when they are in danger and when they are lost. If grass looks greener on the other side, they move over there even if they get lost from the flock and the care of the shepherd. Further, they are in danger of being destroyed by predators like lions, and tigers, and bears… oh my! Sounds like some of the people I know and some of the kids I teach. It is interesting to me how these kids listen to and take advice from their friends even when that advice will hurt them. You know what the Greek word for that is…stupid. Sheep are not only stupid, they are defenseless. They are easy prey for predators. Sounds a lot like us.
Isaiah 53:6 points out that we all, like sheep, have gone astray; each of us has turned to our own way. We wander away from God, or we know those who have wandered away from God. But John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that whosoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life. We are all valuable and precious in God’s sight. God isn’t willing that any of us perish, and he leaves the 99 to come look for us. Oh that we would understand his love in the depths of our hearts and share that love with each person God brings into our lives.
In Him, Pastor Boyd

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