“Titles Optional”

Opening Prayer

 Lord, open my eyes to your living Word today.

 

Read:  Luke 15:1-7(NIV)

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “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? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 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.

 

Reflect

 It’s very interesting to begin reading this passage, the one known as the Parable of the Lost Sheep, and see a variety of people leaning in to hear what Jesus has to say. There were the tax collectors (who most viewed as unethical scum), the sinners (“what right did they have to even be near the Messiah?”), the Pharisees (who were all about strict adherence to the Law), and the scribes (who would often get caught up in teaching and arguing the technical intricacies of the Law). Truth be told, Jesus wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. His message was for all, not just the ones who dressed right, or had the right pedigree, or knew the right people, or had the right title. He was a shepherd of the highest degree…he was all about lost sheep, lost people, no matter who they were. By today’s standards, he wouldn’t care whether people had the right career, the right house, the right car. He’d still be laser-focused on seeking out the lost. Do we have the same mind of Christ? Are we willing to step outside our box, our safe place, and be Jesus to the least, the last, the lost?

Apply

 What can you begin doing in your workplace, your neighborhood, your world to be Jesus to others?

Closing Prayer

Lord, help me to see with your eyes, and not my own.