GREETINGS IN HIS NAME,
II PETER 3:9 "...., BUT IS LONGSUFFERING TO US-WARD, NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE."
HAVE WE NOT ALL LOST SOMETHING AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER THAT WAS VERY VALUABLE TO US? SOMETHING THAT WE SEARCHED FOR; AND JUST ACHED AND YEARNED TO RECOVER. MAYBE YOU ARE THINKING OF YOUR FAVORITE POCKET KNIFE, OR EVEN YOUR WALLET, OR A PIECE OF JEWELRY THAT WAS A FAMILY HEIRLOOM. ONE SOUL IS MORE PRECIOUS TO JESUS THAN ALL THESE THINGS TO US.
IN LUKE 15, WE HAVE THE PARABLES OF THE THREE THINGS THAT WERE LOST. THE SHEEP, THE COIN, AND THE PRODIGAL SON. WHAT IF TODAY YOU ARE THE LOST SHEEP. AT ONE TIME YOU WERE PART OF THE FLOCK, YOU BELONGED WITH THE GROUP, BUT WANDERED OFF ON YOUR OWN, DRIFTED AWAY FROM THE SHEPHERD. LIKE DEMAS, YOU HAVE TURNED BACK TO THE WORLD, AND NOW ARE LOST!
HOWEVER, JUST AS THE LORD JESUS DEALT WITH YOU AT FIRST AND DREW YOU TO HIMSELF, HE IS CALLING YOU NOW TO COME BACK. IT'S NOT HIS WILL THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL COME TO REPENTANCE.
"HOW THINK YE? IF A MAN HAVE AN HUNDRED SHEEP,
AND ONE OF THEM BE GONE ASTRAY,
DOTH HE NOT LEAVE THE NINETY AND NINE,
AND GOETH INTO THE MOUNTAINS,
AND SEEKETH THAT WHICH IS GONE ASTRAY?
AND IF SO BE THAT HE FIND IT, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU,
HE REJOICTH MORE OF THAT SHEEP,
THAN OF THE NINETY AND NINE WHICH WENT NOT ASTRAY.
EVEN SO IT IS NOT THE WILL OF YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN,
THAT ONE OF THESE LITTLE ONES SHOULD PERISH."
MAY THE GOOD SHEPHERD BLESS YOU AND YOURS TODAY, AND REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE LOVED!!!
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!