Seeking the Sheep

As I was studying my Sunday school lesson this week I came across an interesting thought. The commentary said, “Jesus did not hold to His place in heaven but came to earth, humbling Himself as a servant.”*

As I read that line I was immediately taken back several years to a line I heard daily from an acquaintance after they became saved.

They ended almost every greeting to me with “Praying that Jesus will return to today and take us home.”

It annoyed me to no end. They were a different religion than I. A more charismatic religion. A more Pentecostal religion. And for several months I let this go on thinking it was just their excitement of being a new Christian or maybe just the way their faith expressed belief in Christ’s second coming.

One day, however, I observed an unsaved family member stomp out of the room after their greeting. Unsaved. Unchurched. Uninterested from all indications. And I jumped on it. Let’s call my friend Janet.

“So, Janet, you’re really praying for Jesus to return TODAY? As in any minute?”

Nodding her head vigorously, “Absolutely, Carrie, can’t wait to hear that trumpet sound! We’ll rise up to meet Him in the sky!”

She was pumped and looked surprised that I wasn’t joining her revival service.

“What about Sandy, your sister? What happens to her if Jesus comes again today?”

Silence. Janet’s celebration dance halted right there.

“I, well, I hadn’t thought about it like that.”

“Janet, if I die right now I’m going to heaven to live in His presence for all of eternity and that gets me excited! But, as long as I’m here on this earth, I pray that He doesn’t come back today because I still have family and friends that don’t know Him and are headed for eternity in hell. They aren’t ready for Jesus’ return.”

My husband and I have debated how I handled that many times. I was tough in that conversation. Tough with some very new Christians.

I knew the people they loved the most in life wouldn’t be going home with them, however, if their prayer was answered.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the fact that our salvation is secure that we forget that those around us are still lost. Jesus Himself left heaven and came here to this wicked earth to save the lost. He didn’t have to do that. He loved ME that much.

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Matthew 18:12-14

This Easter season which one can you seek? God does not want anyone to perish. He’s waiting for us to be like Ananias and go where he is sending us. Can you imagine the rejoicing on Easter morning in our churches if each one of us brought in a lost lamb?

If we don’t seek them, they won’t be saved.


*(Taken from Bible Studies for Life, Life Words, Personal Study Guide, Spring 2013 Copyrighted by Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. I believe the author of this particular line was Ben Garner.)

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2 responses to this post.

  1. So true, we know we are going to be OK as Christians but so many, far too many of our friends and family are not going to be OK. I pray everyday for their salvation, that the Lord will work through me to bring these lost souls to Him before it is too late. Thanks for the reminder.


  2. I feel exactly the same way. I admit that I sometimes get upset at those who seem to want the Lord to return for selfish reasons instead of being willing to toil on this earth a little longer in hopes of being used by the Lord to point someone to Jesus. I, too, have friends and family members who are not born again believers in Christ and it pains me to know that if Jesus came today, they would remain here. Praise the Lord if He tarries so that I can continue to be used by Him to bring family members, friends and others to the foot of the cross.


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