Day 45: The Unique Pursuit of the Lost.
“…and go after that which is lost, until he find it?” Luke 15:4
Each lost item in Luke 15 is uniquely sought and each declared found.
The lost sheep is found by the shepherd who pursues it until he finds it.
A lamp is lit and a house diligently swept to find the lost coin.
A patient father waits for the return of the lost son. Upon his return it is announced, “my son is found” by a rejoicing father.
You have heard the saying that we are all unique like snowflakes and each of us is beautiful in our own way. Yes! And we are each uniquely loved by our Creator. He pursues us diligently and uniquely.
Leaving all, He pursues us. Jesus left it all to seek and to save that which was lost.
He shines the light and removes the debris to find us.
He waits patiently until we return from our wandering ways. “Patiently Jesus is waiting and watching— Watching for you and for me.”
You are uniquely loved and uniquely pursued!
In our verse for today the shepherd leaves the ninety and nine in the wilderness, a lonesome, solitary or desolate place. He leaves them alone to pursue the lost.
Looking back, I see how God pursued me as a lost teen. It seemed to me I was the only lost soul in the world. Foolishly, each time I heard His voice calling my name, I ran. I continued in my own lost way.
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6
One day I could run no more. The path I had chosen was rugged and hard.
“…the way of transgressors is hard.” Proverbs 13:15
The weight of my sin was too heavy to carry.
“For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.”
Hearing His call, I ran to the outstretched arms of the loving Father.
What a glorious day of rejoicing when the Savior found me, laid me on His shoulders and brought me safely home!
And what about you, my friend? Are you still lost and wandering or have you been found?
Loser Bible Study Series Theme Verse:
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.” Mark 8:35
“Lose” from the Greek word “Apollymi” means “to destroy fully.” It is translated “lost” in Luke 15:4, our verse for today.