Albert Finch Ministry


Scripture Reading:
 Luke 15:1-7; Matthew 18:10-14

“He calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’”
—Luke 15:6

Today’s parable is found in both Matthew and Luke. The contexts, though, are different, so each has a different interpretation. In Luke we find tax collectors and sinners described as lost sheep, while in Matthew we find that people who struggle with obedience and stumble into sin are described as wandering sheep.

The parable in Luke reveals God’s heart for lost sinners. The Pharisees totally excluded and refused to associate with certain groups of people. But Jesus cared about everyone. There is great joy in heaven over each sinner who repents. Are there people in your neighborhood that you have never thought of inviting to church? Jesus treasures them, and he wants the Christian community to value them too. The most exciting times should be when a lost soul is found. Ninety-nine is not enough; we need that one more.

The parable in Matthew reveals God’s care for stumbling believers. Disciples can get distracted and lose interest, struggle with commitment, or be worn down by tragedy and pain. We are called to nurture all who are in the church and to follow up with any who leave. Not only must we open the front doors of the church wider, but we must take care not to lose people by the back door.

Like the good shepherd, we seek out and nurture lost and wandering sheep.

Prayer:

Father, fill us with your love and concern for all who are lost and wandering, and may we all grow together in faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Views: 7

Comment

You need to be a member of Albert Finch Ministry to add comments!

Join Albert Finch Ministry

Forum

MEDITATIONS ON JESUS - April 21, 2020 3 Replies

The rabble could not disturb Him; death could not corrupt Him; hell could not keep Him; and the grave could not contain Him!Gravitation could not restrain Him, and God has highly exalted Him and given Him a Name above every name, and at His Name…Continue

Started by Albert Finch. Last reply by miss madona Oct 17, 2020.

© 2021   Created by FAITH.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service