You know that moment when you find something that you lost? Years ago, I asked for real pearl earrings from Bobby for Valentines Day. I love them. They are classic, beautiful and more precious to me because of who bought them for me.
As you can guess, I lost one. I searched all over and was heart broken that it was lost. Unable to accept that it was gone, I searched again- and found it tucked into the crevice where the carpet meets the wall on my closet floor. Found!!!
It is a sweet joy magnified a thousand times in the heart of God when he recovers a lost soul. One who is cherished, loved and even more precious to him because of who paid for them.
Jesus framed the idea like this: A good Shepard who leaves the 99 of the herd to go after the 1 sheep who has wondered off and got lost. He searches until he finds it:
“And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ (Luke 15:5, 6 NIV)
Sweet joy. People would be less defensive if they knew how much they were being looked for. How much they belong. How much they are loved and have a Savior who is searching for them. Don’t give up on them- God certainly doesn’t.