“For the Son of Man has come to save the lost. What do you think? If a man has 100 sheep, and one of them goes astray, won’t he leave the 99 on the hillside and go and search for the stray? And if he finds it, I assure you: He rejoices over that sheep more than over the 99 that did not go astray.” Matthew 18:11-13
99 out of a 100! Now that’s a great score, no matter how you measure it. In school, a 99% rate would equal an A+ grade. 99% is just short of perfection. Most people would be very satisfied with these results. Most people would. But not Jesus.
The Lord Jesus created all men and women (Col 1:16) and wants every one of them to experience an intimate and eternal relationship with Him. 99% of those He created are not enough. He loves every single one. It is not His will that any one of them perish (2Pet 3:9). And He will not rest until that last one is found.
Followers of Jesus are alert to this passion of Jesus and make His agenda their own. A follower of Jesus is forever grateful that Jesus did not give up on them. A follower of Jesus will never be satisfied with results that Jesus would not be satisfied with. A follower of Jesus is committed to finding that “lost” sheep.
Going after “lost” sheep is another way to describe what it means to “fish for men.” Are you doing any fishing these days? Are you praying for and looking for those who are lost and can’t find their way to Jesus? When was the last time you found one of these lost sheep and brought them to Jesus?
Okay, it’s time to stop talking and start fishing. Grab your fishing pole and keep your eyes open for the fish…uh…I mean the “lost” sheep.