Perhaps you have a GPS in your vehicle. It really is a helpful device if you want to get to a place you have never been before with no or minimum difficulty.
If a GPS would have been invented back in the late 1950s my dad likely would not have gotten lost in Louisville, Kentucky. As a family, we were on our way to Florida (back before the interstate system was completed) and just as we crossed the Ohio River we were lost. It was a relief when dad figured out how to get back on the right highway.
There are times when we need a spiritual GPS and the Lord has provided one. Matthew wrote, as Jesus taught, about a shepherd who had 100 sheep. As was the end of the day custom of a shepherd, he would count the noses of his sheep.
The story tells us that as he counted, he discoved that one of the flock had wandered away. There was no hesitation regarding the next move of the shepherd - He would leave the 99 sheep that were safe and go on a one man search and rescue mission. One sheep was valuable enough to the shepherd that he would leave the safe sheep and seek after the wandering one.
No matter how far someone has traveled in the wrong direction, it is not too late for them to listen to God’s GPS and make a U-turn and get back on the right road. God is always ready to forgive and restore.
Wow! What a lesson for us. It is important from time-to-time to remind ourselves that we are so important to the Lord that He would do whatever was necessary to rescue us.
Another lesson - since we are the hands and feet of Jesus, He uses us to go after those who find themselves in a spiritually precarious position - perhaps far away from God. We are commissioned to be a member of this elite search and rescue team.
This Sunday we will continue our current series, “A Look in the Mirror - A Study of the Parables” as we take a good look at Matthew 18:10-14. This parable is often titled, “The Parable of the Lost Sheep,” but this Sunday I am going to rename it, “The Parable of the Rejoicing Shepherd.” You can read the verses to see why.
I hope to see you Sunday as we continue to learn and grow together. What a great privilege!
Remember, as always, you are loved and appreciated.