One Sheep, Two Sheep, Three Sheep …

I was feeling a bit down a few minutes ago, so I decided I would do a quick quiet time study from a booklet I received at camp. It talked about one of Jesus’s parables in Luke.

“Then Jesus told them this parable: ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesnโ€™t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, โ€˜Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.โ€™ 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 15:3-7

The main focus of this parable is always the lost sheep. My quiet time study was no different, but I realized while reading the passage that I was part of the 99 sheep that the shepherd left. My first feeling was abandonment. I know, kind of ridiculous, right? But I continued thinking through it and realized that God didn’t stop pursuing me once I was saved; He is still pursuing a stronger relationship with me. I was not abandoned for the sinners, rather I am growing in God’s pastures as the Shepherd watches over me.

It’s always comforting to know that God loves me all the time. Sometimes when I’m feeling down like I was tonight, knowing that I’m not a lonely, drowning Christian wandering a forgotten path is comforting. Having God show me the princess warrior inside of me, shining light for the glory of God, I feel super loved.

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