In the past couple of weeks, I’ve heard about three people that made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ. I’ve been rejoicing with their family and friends over those who were lost and are now found!
Charles Spurgeon preached the following on September 28, 1884. He spoke about the joy that the Shepherd experienced when he found one sheep that was lost. (Luke 15:5-7)
“Now he goes home with it, and this joy of his was then so great that it filled his soul to overflowing....the joy of having found his sheep eclipsed all other gladness of heart, and dimmed the light of home and friendship. He turns around to friends and neighbors and entreats them to help him to bear the weight of his happiness. He cries, "Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost." One sinner had repented, and all heaven must make holiday concerning it. Oh, brethren, there is enough joy in the heart of Christ over his saved ones to flood all heaven with delight. The streets of Paradise run knee-deep with the heavenly waters of the Savior's joy. They flow out of the very soul of Christ, and angels and glorified spirits bathe in the mighty stream. Let us do the same.”
Father, it amazes me that You take the initiative in seeking sinners. We should be the ones seeking You in all our brokenness and neediness. And yet, because of your love and grace, You reached out to us through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You that it is Your responsibility to shepherd your sheep and that not one will be lost!! Amen.
“Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10