What Jesus Did! 'Finding the Lost' — Matthew 18:12-14

Thursday, August 24, 2017

"If a man has 100 sheep, but one of the sheep becomes lost, then the man will leave the other 99 sheep on the hill. He will go to look for the lost sheep. Right? And if the man finds the lost sheep, the man is happier about that one sheep than about the 99 sheep that were never lost. I tell you the truth. In the same way, your Father in heaven does not want any of these little children to be lost."
— Matthew 18:12-14 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 18:12-14 NLT —  In the same way, your Father in heaven does not want any of these little children to be lost.

Key Thought

The Father loves all of his little ones. He doesn't want any of them to perish, to be lost, or even to be in danger. So he is willing to risk the 99 to find the 1. Why? He doesn't want to lose any. In fact, that is why God came in Jesus, Immanuel. He left the safety of heaven to find the lost one, to find you and me. Now he looks to us and asks us to find the other lost little ones.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, I am intensely aware and deeply awed that you came to find me, one of your lost children. Give me your heart for those who are lost, too. This week, lead me to one you want back in your family and please give me the eyes to see that person when you place him or her in my path. Please give me the courage and conviction to act in ways that gently bring that lost person home. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Jude 1:20-25
  • Galatians 6:1-2
  • Hebrews 3:12-14

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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