Then Jesus told them this parable: ‘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 neighbors together and says, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep. Luke 15:3-6

Have you ever lost something of great importance? In this story of the lost sheep, the role of the shepherd is implied. This man is the one who is facing the current dilemma, of the lost sheep. Jesus places the hearers of this parable in the role of the shepherd. Imagine yourself in this role. You are responsible for 100 sheep, and you have one duty: account for each one. You are missing a sheep, so there is no other option than to search and find what is lost.

This parable reflects the very heart of God represented in Jesus, the Great Shepherd.

As men, we learn what is most important to us when we take a step back and look at where we invest our time and energy. God shows us what He values: the lost. He demonstrates this through the very life, death, and resurrection of His Son. God pursues us because there is no other option and by nature, He is Savior. Take some time today to praise God for His relentless pursuit of you. Consider how you can align your heart more closely with His.

DO THIS TODAY: Spend time praying for someone you know who needs Jesus as their Savior.