Today’s Reading: Luke 15-16
Key Verse: Luke 15:4-5
What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it, and when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
The lost sheep. The lost coin. The lost son. Do we get it? Our reading finishes with the story of the lost rich man, his lost brothers, and the salvation of the beggar Lazarus. Jesus really cares about lost people. Sheep number 100 is of eternal importance to Him. We must recognize the infinite value of one precious person. If we want to be like Jesus, there is no other way than to fix our focus on finding the lost and bringing them to our Father in Heaven. Do we look for the prodigal as the father did in the story, or do we betray an essential selfishness like the older brother who had been faithful but uncaring for his lost brother? Chapter 16 introduces money into the mix. Time is equal to money. Are our priorities right before God and before people?
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, there are lost souls all around me. Help me to bring them back home to You today and every day. Help my church and the ministries I support, to constantly find opportunities to reach out to those lost in the maze of man-made philosophies, self-centered goals, and all the traps set by the enemy of our souls. I pray this, in Your Name, Lord Jesus. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
One tool that the Crossroads ministry has used to find the lost and bring them to Jesus has been to build and operate pavilions at World Expos. The last Expo in which we were involved was Germany’s first…Expo 2000 in Hanover. The great fish, sketched out on our dining room table, designed by architect Rob Adsett of Australia, was voted the “Icon of the Expo” by the German people. Our pavilion in Hanover, featured a movie based on the story of the prodigal son and the story of Jonah, written and produced by Bruce Stacey, Chief Content Officer for Crossroads. Out of the millions who visited our pavilions in four Expos, at least 100,000 lost souls were found and brought home to our Father God. Names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mails were recorded so that they could receive a Bible correspondence course and be followed up by churches around the world. I’ve learned that while these great efforts are important, they are not to be considered a substitute for my personal, one-to-one, soul winning.