Lost. Defined as being unable to find one's way; not knowing one's whereabouts; gone astray; going off-course or off-track; disoriented; having lost one's bearings; adrift; denoting something that has been taken away or cannot be recovered. It’s a horrible feeling. In Luke chapter 15 verses four through seven Jesus tells the story about a lost sheep. In that story the shepherd leaves 99 sheep to pursue one sheep. One little lost lamb. Why would he take such a risk? One sheep doesn’t seem worth it. Unless... that is... WE are that lost sheep. That would make all the difference in the world. In Luke chapter 15 verses eight through ten, Jesus tells a story about a woman who has 10 silver coins. Unfortunately, she loses one of them. She spends a lot of time looking through the entire house for that coin. When she finally finds it, she rejoices! Jesus says this is just like what happens when lost people are saved. All of heaven rejoices. The rest of the 15th chapter of Luke gives the final story of lost things... a lost son. The story of the prodigal son is one of the most famous stories in all the Bible. It is recorded in Luke chapter 15. The story is told about a young man who decides to take his inheritance and leave home. He lives a very foolish lifestyle, loses everything, and decides he has no other option but to go home. It’s a wonderful story about how a father‘s love can forgive even the most rebellious child. Don’t you think it’s amazing how these stories parallel our own story with God? We fall away, we get neglected, and we rebel in sin, but our Heavenly Father will always forgive us and take us home. God is a collector of lost things. Praise God we can be found!
You are loved.
Dr. Ray Reynolds
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