"The 1"

Opening Prayer:

Show me Lord who is the one lost sheep in my life that needs your love.

 

Read:  Luke 15:4(NIV)

“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?”

 

Reflect

This verse serves as the theme verse for the next five weeks of our sermon series.   The shepherd noticed that one sheep was missing and in danger.  He doesn’t mention why or question the shepherd’s attention to detail.  Jesus simply describes the shepherd’s heart.  The shepherd leaves the many to track down the solo wanderer.  The one mattered.  The one was missing and missed.  Over these next several weeks we’ll be looking at Jesus’ interaction with several different people and groups and we’ll hear Him tell a couple of more good stories too.  Jesus wanted His disciples to know, understand and care about “the 1” who had wandered away from God.  Sometimes “the 1” is a person we meet without intending to.  Sometimes “the 1” is someone who needs a lot of help even getting started.  Sometimes “the 1” is a person very different from us with different preferences.  Sometimes “the 1” is someone near, in your own family—someone you’ve about given up on.  Who is “the 1” God is placing you close to?  For whom have you been concerned?  Have you noticed who is missing?  Have you given up on someone for whom God is still searching?

 

Apply

Pay attention in the next five weeks to who is around you.  Ask God to help you see people with His eyes and His heart so you can respond to the hurting, helpless and lost—ask questions, demonstrate care and compassion, listen and offer help.

 

Closing Prayer

 “God, please help my heart to become more like your heart.”