So often a situation comes into my life that immediately makes me think more deeply about some Scripture; usually one I know very well. These times cause me to look deeper into the passage and ask questions that I have not asked before.
I am thinking of these verses; “So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?” (Luke 15:3–4).
Notice that the man (the shepherd) does not say anything about how the sheep might feel or think about the shepherd pursuing them. In fact, the sheep may have found ‘forbidden’ places and be quite content in their ‘discovery.’ How the lost sheep feels or reacts to the shepherd coming has no influence on what the shepherd is intent on doing; FIND THE LOST SHEEP AND BRING IT HOME!
There are characteristics of our Shepherd that we cannot forget or overlook. His relentless pursuit is not just because He is the owner, He knows the value of each sheep and will trek over every rocky hill and through every muddy valley “until He finds it!”
Do you have the heart of THE SHEPHERD? Do what is necessary even if the sheep rebuff your efforts. We may not always be successful, but the question is whether we care like Jesus does.
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