SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012
GOD’S SPECIAL LOVE FOR THE LOST
‘And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbours, saying, rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ (Luke 15v5-6)
IT may seem foolish for the shepherd to leave 99 sheep and search for just one. The shepherd however knows that the rest would be safe in the sheepfold, but the lost sheep would be in danger.
God’s love for mankind is so great. He seeks out each person and rejoices when he is found. Jesus associated with sinners because He wanted to bring the lost sheep (people considered beyond hope) to the good news of God’s kingdom (Lk. 15v1-2; Mtt. 9v11; Lk. 5v29). Before you became a believer, God sought you, and He is still seeking those who are lost.
We may be able to understand a God who would forgive sinners who come to Him for mercy; but a God who tenderly searches for sinners and then joyfully forgives them, must possess extraordinary love. This is the kind of love that prompted Jesus to come to earth to search and save the lost. This is the kind of extraordinary love God has for you.
Each individual is precious to God. He grieves over every loss and rejoices whenever one of his children is found and brought into the kingdom.
Perhaps, we would have more joy in our churches if we shared Jesus’ love and concern for the lost, diligently seeking them and rejoicing when they come to the Saviour.
No doubt, souls are perishing and the heartbeat of God is for men and women to carry out His gospel mandate and rescue the perishing. We need to share the gospel with joy, care and not be too judgemental to those we share the gospel with.
Indeed, we have feeble minded and weak brethren but the love of Christ must be real in us, if we must recover them for the Lord.
Thank God for Jesus. His encounter with the Samaritan woman brought such a lost soul back to God. The disciples had closed every hope against this sinful woman and their disposition confirmed such: ‘…just then His disciples came back. They were shocked to find Him (Jesus) talking to a woman…’ Jn. 4v27.
Today, Jesus will encounter somebody and such will return home to the shelter of the Lord’s house. Yes, you were once lost but today you are found and your recovery shall eternally bring joy to heaven. The grip of the evil one over you is now broken. You are free from bondage.VEN. ERNEST ONUOHA Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Retreat Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.