July 17, 2014

matthew18-14

Matthew 18:10-20

If you have ever lost something, you know that the amount of time, energy and resources you mobilized to find it depended on the value of what you lost. Most of us may have seen on TV or even encountered families that lost a loved one. This devastating experience causes families to mobilize all kinds of resources to find the lost loved one. They do so, because this loved one counts in their eyes.

Jesus came to the world because all were lost and there was nothing anyone could do to save oneself. All had sinned and deserved death. He came not only to save the nations of the world but to save every single person in every single nation. As the good shepherd who seeks, finds, and celebrates the one lost sheep, our Lord found Zacchaeus on the tree and went to dine with him in his house. He did the same with another tax-collector, Matthew, whom he called to follow him. The woman caught in adultery too, found favor in the eyes of the Lord and was spared death. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, continues to seek lost sheep today. When he finds them, he celebrates them because in God’s eyes, everyone counts.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for continuing to seek, find, and celebrate the lost sheep in the world today. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Stéphane Kalonji,
Pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church in New Bern, NC.

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