Lost and Found
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Something that has always stood out to me about God is His great love for the individual.
In Luke 15:4-6 Jesus tells a short story about how much God loves people:
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 neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
These short verses of scripture speak some great truths about Gods love for man.
- God loves you so much He will seek after you when you are lost.
There are no exceptions, no matter how far away you are from God, He loves you enough to come and find you.
Have you ever lost something that you felt was really valuable and special and tried to look for it? Do you remember how much that motivated you to search and search until you got it back?
Now you may feel that what you have done has driven you far away from God and that there is no way back – however God says if you are lost that He will come and find you!
Do you think you’ve gone too far away to ever come back?
- God loves you so much because you are a special.
It speaks of how valuable individual people are to God.
Everyone is special to God, everybody counts! There isn’t one single person in this world that God doesn’t see as special, unique and valuable. I’m not saying that everything people do pleases God but that every individual is special to God.
He left the 99 to find the one – you are the one!
Do you value yourself like God values you ?
- God loves you so much that He responds with joy when He finds you!
His response when a lost sheep comes home is celebration – the lost sheep is not met with condemnation but rather is carried home with joy!
He doesn’t say “ HEY – I can’t believe you got lost, what were you thinking wandering away like that.” NOPE – There’s no guilt trip, no accusation! God just celebrates with JOY!
Do you see God celebrating over you with joy?
God loves you – BELIEVE IT and DON’T EVER DOUBT IT!