Every time and Again and again . . .
You are the ONE He’s chasing after!
This piece was originally published on The Daily Seed back in April 2014.
Four years later, I heard the Reckless Love by Cory Ashbury which inspired me to revisit this beautiful reminder and prompted me to share it again.
Lost and Found
Chosen one, I am glad you made it here today. What a privilege to be alive!
I just want to inspire you with these few words today. I encourage you to read on…
Before you read, I want you to open your hands with your palms facing up. Sit for a moment in stillness and ask your heavenly Father to tell you important words that you need to hear today. Tell Him that you are open to His guidance.
Now read the passage.
By this time a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently. The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased, not at all pleased. They growled, “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends.” Their grumbling triggered this story.
“Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing and when you got home call in your friends and neighbours, saying, ‘celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it – there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.
“Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbours: ‘Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’ Count on it – that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.”
In this passage two things – A Sheep and A Coin – are lost and then found. And both are celebrated upon their return.
As you think about the two stories of the lost items, which story hits you the most right now?
Think deeply why that story jumps out at you today. Read it again and put yourself in it.
When have you felt lost? Why did you feel that way?
In both stories, A Shepherd, A Woman – proactively went after the lost item.
How does it feel to know that God Himself is proactively pursuing you for the simple yet profound fact that He loves you deeply?
Notice the element of celebration in these stories.
How does this celebration make you feel? What should you begin to celebrate in your life or in the lives of others?
Today, I celebrate the Love of God in my life. I know I am loved by The One who never gives up on me. He comes looking for me every time I purposely wander off and when I frequently get distracted by the storms of life.
And In the lives of others, I celebrate the joy that fills God’s heart when the lost is found.
Listen for God in these areas:
What might He be communicating to you regarding your lostness?
Regarding the fact that He desires to find you?
Regarding how He celebrates your life?
Recognise what God is doing in your life today – in the spectacular and in the mundane – and then celebrate it.
Remember, you are the ONE He’ll leave the ninety-nine for. God will not stop until He finds you. He is crazy about you!
Enjoy the fresh start today. Freedom lies in the love of our Father.