I am sure you have read Luke 15 many times, just as I have. But like all scripture, the Spirit continues to unfold riches from this text. In this chapter, we read of ONE lost sheep, ONE lost coin, and ONE lost son. The picture that Jesus draws in the parable of the sheep and the coin is that God pursues the ONE that is lost until they are found. They are of that much worth to God that He will “seek diligently until” (15:8) you are found and brought back into the community and fellowship of others.
We are not told why or how the sheep or coin became lost, but Jesus uncovers the willfulness of the son who wanted to live his way apart from his father’s influence. Thinking he could best live life by getting as far as possible away from his father, he gathers all he had and leaves. God pursues us in different ways. The pursuit of God pictured in the son is different than with the sheep or coin. With the son, God allowed him to expend his own resources until they ran out and he was no longer able to depend on himself.
God pursues us when we know we are empty and reminds us of the infinite resources that are His, if only we will return to Him. God has made the ONE THING a continual pursuit after those who try to live without Him. Just remember that this empty condition is not confined to the heathen. There are many right in the church who are very empty because they have not made Jesus Christ their center and ONE THING in life. God pursues such until they return or open the door of their heart to Him. I will write more about this in two days. If you know your life is running on empty, God is pursuing you so that you might know His fulness for you in Christ. STOP RUNNING!
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