“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? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.”
In Maharashtra State, nearly 60 years back in my childhood, I used love to read and hear about the Bible story of the “Good Shepherd.”
I used to imagine it must have been raining, thundering, and the shepherd found that he only had 99 of his 100 sheep. Then in the storm he might have left in the thickness of the dark to look for his sheep.
The happiest part for me was imagining the rejoicing face of the shepherd after he found the sheep. This is the true and unconditional love of the Lord!
Recently my Pastor Rick back in America wrote me about one of his friends, who is near death. He does not know Christ.
Pastor Rick pack his bags and traveled 3000 kilometers to see his dying friend and share the love of Christ with him.
When I first read his email I thought my pastor must be crazy; then I realized that indeed he is crazy in right perspective. His love for the lost makes him go out of the way sometimes to reach out them.
Our Lord is crazy because He has great love for the lost! That is the reason He is busy in the business of Restoration, and He has called you and I as His “Co-laborers” by giving us the ministry of restoration and reconciliation!
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11 ESV)
May our good Lord continue to bless you and your family. Prema and I love you so dearly and pray for you all!
Devotion created from Pastor Sharad’s email update. Learn more about his ministry and how Short Daily Devotions support him.