Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the Face of My Father Who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.
What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father Who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
The Parable of the one-hundred sheep told by Matthew and Luke differs slightly. Each highlights the hunt for the one lost sheep. Each emphasizes the joy when it's found, but they're set in varied circumstances.
In Matthew, Jesus presents the story while discussing the value of children (whether in age, in the Lord--or in both): that one child is worth the greatest effort; that one child's safety and return (if lost) is God's will and a believer's duty.
In Luke, Jesus tells religious leaders the value God places upon sinners: that people and prodigals who have strayed should be loved, sought, embraced and forgiven: that a lost son's repentance and return delights the entirety of Heaven.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You walk on unprecedented paths in great missions of search and rescue.** What better ways to seek out lost sheep than becoming carriers of Light on entertainment's stages and screens? Lonely people will be drawn to you, and your inner Light will lead some home.
But just one found soul is worth your time.
Media's most thunderous applause will not touch Heaven's celebration.
## Do-Gooders: Search For Lost Sheep (Part 70)
* Luke 15:1-7: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+15%3A1-7&version=NKJV
** Previous 2-Part Devotion series, The Lost Sheep: http://careylewisdevotions.com/the-lost-sheep-part-1
** Previous Devotion, From Worst To First: http://careylewisdevotions.com/from-worst-to-first
** Previous Devotion, Prodigals, http://careylewisdevotions.com/prodigals
** Previous Devotion, One In A Hundred: http://careylewisdevotions.com/one-in-a-hundred
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2016 series called, 'Do-Gooders.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.