Reason For Joy

In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Lk.15:10)

We see two kinds of people around Jesus. First, those who love Him and want to follow Him. Second, those who doubt Him and want to pin Him down. It may appear as if there is a third group in between. But when it comes to a response to Jesus there could be no neutral position. You are either with Him or against Him. Jesus Himself said, “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.” (Mat.12:30 NLT) The same applies to the crowds of today.

Those Drawing Closer

There were people who wanted to draw closer to Jesus, to hear His words of promise and assurance of salvation. They experienced the joy of being with their Lord and Master. They had obviously made up their minds to follow Him since they realized that Jesus was the Savior God had promised. This requires a definite decision to stake one’s life rather than being a casual devotee or a passive sympathizer.

Those Drifting Farther

The ones who doubt the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ are on the opposite team. They may not be radically challenging His authority but the end result is the same. They will be drifting away from the Savior and from His saving grace decision by decision, choice by choice, question by question, unless they are submissive in their spirit to the truth revealed. The religionists will search for reasons not to surrender themselves to His authority. They will be driven by their self righteous ego.

Lost and Found

In the story of the lost sheep and the lost coin, the shepherd or the owner is relentlessly searching for the lost one. We, like the lost sheep, went on our own ways and are lost. As the owner of our lives the Good Shepherd came searching. In our case, we need to respond to the Shepherd’s call. We need to realize that we are lost and unable to find our way home. We need to acknowledge that the Good Shepherd alone can save us and bring us back home. No one else has come seeking the lost in order to save them. We must be willing to be a sheep in His fold and obey Him hereafter.

Reason For Joy

Are you still a lost sheep or has the Good Shepherd found you? If the Good Shepherd has saved you, you had been the reason for joy in heaven. As the sheep of His fold the Good Shepherd has given us the task of seeking and ‘saving’ other lost sheep, by bringing them to the Good Shepherd. We can thus cause joy in heaven as well as in those lives.

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