18th July 2020

So, Could You Be Lost?

“Jesus said…‘For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’”
Luke 19:9-10 (NIV)

I don’t know about you but one of my favourite things to do in summertime is to sit in the garden and watch bees. They are relentless in their search for nectar and pollen, they search diligently without a break; hence the saying, “As busy as a bee!” But of course, that’s not the only thing they are good at, they can also navigate! This is so interesting to scientists that they have set up a bee study project at the University of Sheffield, in order to understand how bees navigate. Astonishingly, a honeybee can fly five miles or more from home during the day and still find its way back to the hive, with a brain the size of a pinhead! They achieve this with only a million brain cells, when humans have a 100 billion brain cells and can often get lost—at least I can!

I think that God’s favourite department is the ‘Lost and Found Department’, and why? The reason he sent his Son Jesus to planet earth was to look for the lost—in other words, those who have wandered away from him and become disconnected! Amazingly, God is the one who does the seeking, the searching for all who have disappeared off the radar! He reacts just like a shepherd when one of his sheep has wandered off aimlessly and become totally cut off from his tender love. This is so important, that Jesus told a story in Luke 15, explaining just what happens next.

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it; he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep’” (Luke 15:4-6. But notice this part of the story in verse 6, what Jesus says to them next, “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-and-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” The righteous mentioned here are the people who have their own self-righteousness, who think that repentance doesn’t apply to them but sadly, it applies to all people, and why? Because; “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God!” (Romans 3: 23 NKJV). As we think about this statement written by Paul, perhaps we might consider which camp we are in—do we hold on to our own righteousness, or allow ourselves to be rescued by the Good (God) Shepherd and cause joy in heaven? The latter, I hope!

Prayer
Forgive us Father, we all have come short of your glory!
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton where he is on the Leadership Team.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Shirley McLean
Phone:  01442-780783
Email: luton@gracecom.church

 

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