Will he not . . .
Luke 15:1-7 NLT
Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!
So Jesus told them this story:
“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!”
Reflection . . .
What joy and celebration over one that has been lost and then found!
Luke 15:8-10 MSG
“Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbors: ‘Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’ Count on it— that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.”
A sinner who repents and returns to God is cause for much joy and celebration — at least in heaven! Repentance is not something that is talked about much these days, but it is essential to coming before God and maintaining a right relationship with Him.
Why is repentance so important? For us, it’s the hard part of (the hard work) of our spirituality. It is what keeps us soft and pliable before God so that He can use us for His glory.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.James 4:10 NLT