“Then Jesus told them this parable: ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not 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 puts 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 15:3-7
When Jesus told the story of the missing sheep, some of the people who were listening wiped away a tear because they knew how it feels to be lost among the crowd. Jesus wanted us to understand that we have a Father who sees and cares for each one of his children–that we are all equally valuable to him. No one is useless to God. No one, at any point in his life, is useless to God–not a little child, not the unattractive, not the clumsy, not the tired, not the discouraged. God uses his children. Our value is inherent–it’s not based on the Ph.D. after our name or the amount of money in our bank account. We have value simply because we are. In the eyes of God, every human has value simply because he is the creation of the almighty God. You belong to God’s eternal dream. Now you may not feel motivated, you may not feel like you have a reason for living, but you must renew your mind with the immovable fact that you are part of a commissioned people–you have a reason to be alive. There is an eternal purpose. There is a great river of God’s purpose that is moving toward an eternal home with him. You can’t stop God’s purpose. God’s purpose is greater than you are, and if you are God’s child, nothing is going to slow down God’s purpose for your life.
“FATHER, we know that someday you’re going to take all your followers into eternal happiness. And it is to that day, Father, that we look. In Jesus Name.” – Amen