OVERVIEW: Jesus teaches three parables of things that are lost and then found.
BIG IDEA: God searches for and saves the lost.
KEY VERSE: Luke 15:7 (Jesus to religious leaders)
In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Do you feel far away from me? Do you know someone who seems too hard to reach? I don’t just love you—I love everyone. I don’t only offer forgiveness and healing and a home. I am proactive in my love for you and for those you care about. I actively search for lost people and save them.
I know where you are at all times, and I never leave you, even when you go astray. I pursue you. I will not relent until I have you safe with me—every part of you. I want more of you than you are willing to give. But I won’t force you to change. I invite you to receive my love and all I have for you.
There’s nothing you could do to change my love for you. Don’t try to change yourself or someone you’re concerned about. Just come to me. Receive my love. Own it. And then share it with others. Help others know they have value and worth and that I want a relationship with them.
As a Christ-follower, it is easy to fall in love with things we prefer in our church culture, like Christian music and ‘insider’ church language. But these things can sometimes feel exclusive to those who don’t yet have a relationship with God or to those who can’t relate to American church culture. Is there anything you need to ‘leave behind’ to better relate to people in your life who seek to know more about God?
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