“1 Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 So he told them this parable: 4 “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”
Jesus assumed that a someone outside the “sheepfold” would be missed and the shepherd would go looking for it. That’s how prized each sheep was to Jesus.
What happens in a world where the predominant attitude is “the lost sheep is not really my concern,” or “I don’t have time to go look for the lost sheep, ask someone else,” or we choose to place our faith where Little Bo Peep placed hers, or “who cares about one silly sheep when I have ninety-nine more?”
These attitudes might prompt Jesus to challenge us to remember who went looking for us when we were beyond his sheepfold.
Be a blessing to someone to day!