What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Luke 15:4-5 ESV
Yesterday, as I made my way to the second nursing home meeting of the afternoon, I was apprehensive. The facility next door to where we had been holding services for three years, invited me to start meetings there as well. But over the first few months we only had two or three show up. Despite the beauty of the facility, it was like a spiritual desert. Added to my past concerns, was the fact that I had been out the previous two weeks due to Covid and wondered if anyone at all would show up.
As the elevator door opened on the third floor, I recognized a woman named Polly, who had come once before, but she was walking away. “Oh, I didn’t know if you were coming today!” she exclaimed. The door was closed, and the lights turned off and I was just getting ready to leave.” she said.
“Well, I’m here!” I told her reassuringly. I just walked over from next door.” So, I opened my guitar case and set up my music stand, all the while hoping that at least one other person would come, but it was not to be. Polly was to be the only person that day. So, we sang a few of Polly’s favorite hymns together, and then I shared today’s verse, from which I had given a message at the facility next door. The people next door had enjoyed the words, but they took on so much more meaning for Polly, as I was able to assure her that God was willing to send somebody just to visit her – just like that one lost lamb. We need to remind ourselves, that it didn’t matter to the shepherd in Jesus’ parable how many sheep were lost. What mattered was that they were His!
So today, whether you are that lost sheep, or you are called to go find that one, God wants you to know that the power of His love is not affected in the slightest by how many sheep there are that He is out to find. He willingly placed the cross on His shoulder and walked up Golgotha’s hill, so that He could put us on His shoulders and carry us home, one sheep at a time!
I hope you will be blessed by this wonderful rendering of the song “Even If” by Alisha Mullet. It reminds us that whatever ministry God has called us to, He doesn’t forget, will never forsake and His heart burns with love for even just one!