The Lost Sheep

Luke 15:3-5

3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

I grew up on a farm, and no we didn’t have sheep, but we did have chicken, turkey, horses, and a few other animals. The worst thing to get out was the chickens, and somehow they always did. Those little birds where hard to run down. It never failed you would get most of them back in the coop and that one hen, female chicken incase you didn’t know, would be running through the field. I wanted to just let it go but my dad would not have it. We had to chase it til we caught it. Now I know you think chickens have nothing to do with sheep, but Jesus was only using a parable. We are the sheep, or the chickens, and in this is where I find so much hope, because at one time we were are the one that Christ left the flock for. Many people said we were not worth the time. That we should just be forgotten about. Christ did not see it that way. He saw what we could be and came for us. Unlike the chicken that I had to chase down and force back into the coop, Christ didn’t force us to follow him. Instead, he let us know what would happen if we follow him and led us to the flock. Now, how great would it be to help others to the flock. So many of us have that lost sheep that needs to be found. We must pray for them and show them how great it is to be a Christian. If they are that person who laughs at us, pray harder for them. Don’t give up on the lost sheep and let’s see the flock grow under our great sheppard.


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