One Lost Sheep

Radio Message / Tract #7

a lost sheep running scared

    Have you ever looked up into a star-filled sky on a clear night, and wondered how far this vast universe extends? Did you somehow feel very small and ask yourself, “Where do I fit in? What part do I play in this enormous universe?” Our planet Earth is just a speck of dust in space, circling around our tiny Sun. This speck of dust carries on it over 6 ½ billion human lives. How much can the God who created the whole universe possibly care about just one little person on one little planet? Do you mean anything at all to him? Or do I?
      Jesus helps answer that question in Luke 15: 4-7. Jesus said, “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, ‘Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.’ I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in Heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over ninety-nine just persons, which need no repentance.”

      Jesus was telling a parable, an illustration, about a shepherd who had 100 sheep. One of the 100 sheep was lost in the wilderness. It had wandered away from the other sheep. Maybe it thought there were greener pastures somewhere else. Maybe a thief had seen it wandering alone and stolen it. Maybe a wolf had seen it alone and attacked it -- and it was only a miracle that it was still alive at all. That one lost sheep is in a pitiful condition. It will die very soon if it's not found. Let’s give that sheep a name. Why don't you give it your name, and I'll give it my name. Because, friend, that one lost sheep is a perfect picture of your life and of mine. The Bible says, “All we, like sheep, have gone astray. We have turned, every one to his own way [not God's way, our own way], and the Lord has laid on Him [on Jesus] the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6).

      At some point in life, every honest person comes to the realization that they are lost, away from God, helpless and alone in this world. The day comes to each one of us, sooner or later, when life deals us a blow that we are not able to face alone. All the human help we can find just won't carry us through. Our pride seems to weaken for a little while. Our courage and our independence fail us. We are forced to face the fact that we are only human and, for the situation we've found ourselves in, that's just not enough. We feel like a sheep without a shepherd. It may be that for the first time in our lives we begin to look to the Lord, the true Good Shepherd. Then while you’re searching for Him, you begin to realize that for all these years, He's been searching for you.

      Maybe you, friend, haven't come to that point in your life yet. But you are headed there. You may not even believe in Jesus yet. But thank God that He believes in you. You may not even know you're lost, or feel any need of seeking the Lord. But He knows that you're about to perish, and He feels a desperate need of seeking you. The thought of ever giving your life for Christ may be the last thing on your mind. But the thought of giving His life for you was the very first thing on His mind.

      The shepherd started out that morning with 100 sheep. But, at the end of the day, he counted and recounted, and counted again. Only 99! He realized that somewhere, out there in the wilderness, one sheep was lost! We've already determined just who that sheep is.

      Someone might say, “So, what's one sheep out of 99? It's probably dead by now. You still have 99 left; forget about that one.” But that’s not how God does business!
      With over 6 ½ billion people on this planet, do you think God cares if you remain unforgiven; if you die without Christ and perish in Hell? He cares! He cares more than words could ever express! Who meant more to this shepherd? The 99 sheep He still had, or that one that was lost? The Bible says He left the 99 right there in the wilderness; He didn't even bring them safely home first. He left the 99 in the wilderness and went out searching for the one that was lost. How long did he search? He never gave up. Verse 4 says he searched "until he found it."

      Friend, not one human soul is expendable in the eyes of God. Why are you so valuable to Him? Think of all the events and environments, people and circumstances, time and timing that have worked together to make you into just who you are today. God will never make another you. Not one individual can ever be replaced or duplicated in God's book. You're the only one there is. And, should you refuse to accept Christ and the heavenly home He offers you, there'll be no duplicate to take your place in Heaven. And that will break God's heart. It's you that God loves. It's you the Good Shepherd is searching for and calling to.

      As a matter of fact, this parable makes it very plain that if everyone else on Earth were righteous, and you were the only person alive still breaking God's commandments and heading towards Hell, Jesus, “the Good Shepherd”, would have died for you alone, to pay for your sins. The Bible says,“The good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep” whether it's one sheep or 6 ½ billion. (John 10:10,11).

      How can such a big God be so concerned about one tiny individual? The Bible says that not even one little sparrow ever falls to the ground without the Heavenly Father at its side. The Bible says that God has numbered every hair on each one of our heads (Matthew 10:29, 30). No one else could ever know or care that much about every detail of your life -- nobody but Jesus! He's in search of lost sheep today. Don't think that you're too far gone; too evil to be saved. The more lost someone is, the harder Jesus searches for them. He said, “I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Matt.9:13).

      Are you a lost sheep today? Do you want to be found by Jesus? You can hide from Him and remain lost. You can perish in spite of His love… or you can call out to Him now. Ask Him to help you turn your back on everything you know is wrong. Determine to follow the Good Shepherd, and stay near him forever. Romans 10:13 promises that “Whosoever” -- that's you -- “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Friend, if you know you are that one lost sheep, bow your head and make this your prayer.

      “Dear Lord Jesus, I'm lost. I've followed other leaders, and other ambitions. But I've not followed You. Now I'm tired of breaking your laws. I'm tired of breaking your heart. Rescue me. Restore me. Forgive me. Make me into a faithful sheep. I'm ready to follow you from now on. In Christ's name. Amen.”

      If you've prayed that prayer and meant it with all your heart, Jesus is now your Shepherd. Do you remember the 23rd Psalm? (“The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want…”). Read it, and believe it. Pray everyday. Read your Bible everyday. And find a Bible believing church and attend there regularly.    BT

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