Luke 15:1, Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This Man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3Then 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? 5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7I 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.

1 Peter 3:15, “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”

At Cottonwood Creek, I’ve been in a teaching series entitled, “The Heart Of Jesus!” Sunday, we looked at Luke 15, where Jesus tells a series of stories about a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost son. Each of those stories tells us something about the heart of Jesus for those that are lost. The first thought is:  those who are lost matter to God, and they should matter to us as well.

If you will remember, Jesus said in Luke 15:1, “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? 5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home” Then Jesus also said in Luke 15:8, “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?” In both stories, even though the shepherd had ninety-nine other sheep, the one sheep that went astray mattered to the shepherd and he went and found it. It was the same way with the woman who lost the coin. Even though she had nine other coins, the one she lost mattered to her. It’s that way with God as well, everyone who is lost or unchurch matters to God, and they should matter to us as well. So, as you make your journey today remember, that everyone matters to God and as a result they should matter to us as well.

Think about that and have a blessed day
John Mark Caton, Ph.D