Looking at Luke 15 verses 4-7, Jesus is talking about the priorities of a shepherd. If you have 100 sheep, he says, and one of them runs off, you would leave the 99 temporarily just to find the one stray. Furthermore, when you found the sheep, you would celebrate! You would tell your friends and they would understand what a big deal that was and be excited as well!
We can look at this parable and take away a few different thoughts.
The initial take away from this passage is that God cares for us like the shepherd to his sheep. God would chase after us each time we go astray, and that’s true.
I’m also starting to grasp another application from this parable: Who is the one person in our lives that God is chasing after? Who is that one lost sheep that God has placed under our care, and if they were lost, you’d leave the 99 others in your life to find?
Is your heart so broken for just one lost person? God’s is.
Also, in thinking about the job description of a shepherd, I’m realizing that his work is never done. It’s a commitment to the whole life of the sheep. Its not enough for a shepherd to just watch his sheep. Feeding, shearing, cleaning, protecting, guiding, disciplining, loving, and so many other jobs are required of a shepherd.
If we find one of our lost sheep and they are saved, are we done with them? Do we forget that salvation is only a starting point sometimes? Do we treat it like the finish line? Yes, we celebrate that, but it’s not a final triumph, it’s the beginning of a journey. Let’s do the dirty work of the shepherd to help the sheep grow after they’ve been found. We should be disciples of Jesus who make disciples and disciple makers, and look in our lives to find the one that God is chasing. He may have us right here, right now for that purpose.
Andrew Lewis, Worship Pastor