Day 11-Let the search begin…

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Luke 15:4-7New International Version (NIV)

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Every once in awhile…or OK maybe often…God will use tiny little things to spark inspiration in my Spirit.  Maybe he knows that my brain works in a simplistic fashion so he leaves the complex thinking to others!

When I say tiny little things, I mean it. Todays inspiration for this post came from a hat, a baseball hat, I saw laying on the side of the road.

My boys and I were driving to meet my husband for lunch. I turned onto a side street and noticed a baseball hat, lying up against a curb, on the side of the road.

My first thought was – Man I would be so annoyed if that was mine…I hate losing things!

Granted, it was a “Lowes” baseball hat, so it really wasn’t probably that big of a loss; I am still that kind of person that hates to lose anything.

As soon as I started to think this, I began to feel the “feeling” in my tummy that I get when I do lose something. That feeling like your tummy is turning and twisting and it is just uncomfortable.

Then the thought came to me…how do you think God feels?

You see it all the time on Facebook; someone loses something important to them and post a picture of it. Generally the picture will include a description as to why it is important and ask that people “share” the post so that the item or person can be returned.

Often people do “share” it out of the kindness of their heart. We all know what it feels like to lose something and desperately want it back. If we were the one who had lost something, we would hope others would help us.

I can’t even imagine and honestly can’t even type out the thought, but if someone incredibly precious to me went missing…I would honestly freak out! I would cover this entire earth – every blade of grass and every drop of water if I had to in order to find them! There would be no stopping me!

Well, God is experiencing this loss everyday! Every single day – God has children that are “lost” and that are at risk of being taken away from him forever!

The sad thing is…you don’t see many post on Facebook and there aren’t a whole lot of people frantically out trying to help them be found.

Our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers and families…So many people do not know Jesus and have not accepted his salvation! He wants to give it to them; in some cases though…they won’t hear about him unless we speak up!

More often than not we expect someone else to do it…it makes us uncomfortable or it might make them uncomfortable, so we keep quiet and move on. Isn’t it the “churches” job to save people anyway? Well yes, yes it is the “churches” job and we my friends are “the church”!

A church is not a building and those who staff it! A church is the body of Christ and the building is only the place we meet to encourage and strengthen each other in Gods name.

If we continue to believe that the “church” – as in the building and staff- should handle this order, there are going to be a whole lot of people who are missed and ultimately will suffer because of our inability to step out of our comfort zone.

No one knows the future; how long we have here on earth or how long until Jesus returns! Today could be it, we don’t know! So putting things off until tomorrow, may not always be an option.

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

This verse comes across to me as giant hug from Jesus. He is saying that there is not a single person on this planet that he did not die for! He died for every single one of us! There is not a single person on this planet that he does not want to bring to heaven to spend eternity with him! We all are equally as important and equally as wanted by him.

He has made him self so accessible, we just have to reach out and grab on. Yes, it may be uncomfortable…but by speaking up or just living your life as a living testimony, you will literally SAVE people!!!

A little discomfort is well worth an eternity in paradise with Jesus! Pray that God will lead you to someone you can speak to about him. If you already know of a person, pray for them and then if God is tugging at your heart to speak to them…SPEAK TO THEM!

Treat them as lost children, because they are! If a child were missing in our neighborhood we would all join together to find them and bring them home! Lets treat Gods children with the same urgency! They are lost children that desperately need to be found!

God Bless!

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