Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “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 put 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.” – Luke 15:1-7 (NIV)
Think for a second. If you had ninety-nine sheep and one of them got lost, would you really go, wander around, and search for it? Jesus tells us that He will go and find this one sheep, and when He finds the one lost sheep, He will rejoice because what was once lost is now found.
Why would He do that? Why would He spend all His energy and time for just ONE sheep when He has ninety-nine other ones? He tells us right here:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
Because God loves you so much, He sent Jesus to come into this broken world and die for our sins, so that we can have eternal life with Him. Isn’t that amazing??? And now, because of His amazing love, we can find joy in even the smallest things around us.
I pray that today you will find joy in the things around you. I pray that you see God move in amazing and miraculous ways. He is so good to us. He gives us life and love, so enjoy it.