The Parable of the Lost Sheep1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 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.
Wondering if we would be willing to leave our 99 to go find that lost lamb? What would it take to move us into saving one soul? What about simply buying someone a cup of coffee and showing them someone, somewhere is thinking of them? Are we willing to just SMILE at the person in the check-out line who is obviously having a hard day and her screaming kids give evidence to the fact that she is on the brink?
Some friends are rescuing the one. It has required great sacrifice on each member of the family - from the littlest to the oldest. They miss mom. They are tired of babysitting and maybe they are all just a little tired of each other. :)
But they are united in the ONE. And the 1.
Read their story here:
WARNING: You will want to place some judgement based on your own bias. You will ask Why? How? Your humanness will call it crazy. But I'm sure the other Shepherds thought it crazy for the Shepherd to leave and go after the 1, too. And remember, God came after you. Again and Again. And he would still do it today!