You ever feel like a lost dog?
Alone and scared with no place to go?
Longing for food and shelter?
Or maybe you just don't feel wanted...even loved?
Check this story out...
Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him (Jesus) to listen to Him. Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
So He told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance."
The point is, you may feel like a lost dog/sheep, but the good news is, you don't have to have a sad ending, you can have a happy ending to your story.
Some people have kicked you to the side and have forgotten you,
but Jesus has not forgotten you.
Some people may not want to be your friend,
but Jesus wants you.
He didn't choose the popular crowd over you,
but He's looking for you.
He's searching for you.
He isn't going to give up after a few minutes or a few hours or a few days.
He won't give up ever because He wants to bring you home where you belong...with Him in Heaven.
So what do you do?
Are you going to run away from Him? That would be silly.
Are you going to run toward Him? That would be the best decision you could make.
The truth is, Jesus isn't coming back until all His sheep have heard about Him.
Matthew 24:14 says, " This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come."
If you are lost, I suggest that you run to Jesus.
He's waiting with open arms.
John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life."
If you aren't lost and are secure in your faith in Christ, please tell people about it.
Invite them to church. Eat lunch with them. Give them a Bible. Pray.
Don't let lost sheep continue to be lost. Help them to find their way to the Shepherd.
Don't forget to pray for the unreached people group of the day!