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Lost Sheep
by Ken Hammer
08/06/12
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At the center of every Christian should be the heart of an evangelist, but if the truth be known many struggle with mustering up much interest in seeing others saved. I donít know if itís because of a sense of ďIíve got mine, so Iím not all that concerned if youíve got yours." This kind of selfishness is cultivated by our consumer society that grooms us to look out for number one contrary to scripture that teaches a servant hood. Too often we donít want to be associated with a servant mentality because we believe this equals a lack of control or weakness. However, the passion of Christ to come and die for the sin of humanity as a sacrificial lamb is truly what we should be emulating in our everyday lives as the Word of God teaches that a friend is willing to lay down his or her life for another.

As for having the heart to see others brought into the kingdom of God, Jesusí words in Luke 15:6 when He speaks of the shepherd who leaves the ninety and nine to find the one gives us a sense of His joyfulness. ďRejoice with Me, for I have found My sheep which was lost!Ē The word lost means to perish, die, or be destroyed. The root word means ruin, punishment, or destruction. The dangers awaiting one lost sheep in a perilous world alone is a good analogy for those who have not yet come into a personal revelation as to who Jesus Christ is and why He came.

A wolf tearing your flesh apart is one thing, but facing an eternal existence without God in a place reserved for those who arenít covered by the righteous of Christ canít be eternally measured because of its infinite implications. With this in mind, it helps us come to a fuller grasp of Jesusí relief at having found the one lost sheep. Rejoice in this verse means to feel cheerful and complete in your association and companionship through unity with the Lord. So I encourage you to help Jesus find the lost sheep, to lift them up on His strong shoulders to safety in God.

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