Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
The Lost Sheep (Part 2, Conclusion)
A Risk-Taking Love
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 to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'
Luke 15:5-6 (NKJV)
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Luke 19:10 (NKJV)
God values lost pilgrims, prisoners, prodigals, prostitutes, and profiteers enough to send His Son to their rescue. Just one sinner's return causes a heavenly celebration. 'I say to you... there will be more joy in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance' (Luke 15:7).
Why does God so cherish a lost sinner? Could it be like an earthly father whose lost child is found? Or when a prodigal comes home? Yes, but more...
Could it also be that the child who strayed lived large? Surely God loves His passionate children--even when their passion is misplaced. Consider Paul's history as Saul: a passionate persecutor of Christians. Consider Mary Magdalene. 'Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much' (Luke 7:47).
What about the other ninety-nine? Are they jealous about a celebration that's not in their honor? Jesus says, 'But many who are first will be last, and the last first' (Matthew 19:30).
Why isn't Heaven cheering for them?
Could it be they never took a risk? Never got in the game? Never followed the great commission to 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel' (Mark 16:15)?
Could Jesus' description of the 'ninety-nine' as 'Just persons who need no repentance' (Luke 15:7) be godly sarcasm? Because who among us needs no repentance?
Consider the mission of actors, models, and talent for Christ: you are God's risk-taking children. You aren't staying cozy at home, but choosing to follow Him into the mission field of Hollywood.
You are not the ninety-nine. Nor are you the one. You're standing in for the Shepherd until His return by searching for God's lost sheep: the pilgrims, prisoners, prodigals, prostitutes, and profiteers who want to come home. Truly, no greater vantage point exists than from the mountains of entertainment and media.
All of Heaven is cheering your performance.
'That the saying might be fulfilled which He spoke, 'Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none' '(John 18:9).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Lost Sheep series.