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And not only did He create us, He chooses to never leave us. He loves us. matter how what a mess we create in our lives, He is not only there with a Swiffer to clean it up, there is no stain because His love has washed us white as snow. He stands there waiting to hug us and love us. It’s amazing.
Thinking about how much God loves me, that He would leave a whole lotta sheep to come get me if I was lost, makes me want to stay closer to Him. Our Pastor talked about Luke 15 and how much God seeks after us, how He waits for us to come back to Him, how He celebrates when we run back to His arms. It’s amazing.
It certainly doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Sometimes when things don’t go our way (which if we were so great, wouldn’t we be God, but really we can’t be trusted) we want to do something else. We want to do what WE want to do, we want to be happy. But that happiness is based on circumstances, and as most of us have seen in our lives, our circumstances can change in an instant. As Christians, letting God lead us, surrendering our lives to Him, we have a life that is better than we could have ever imagined for ourselves.
This week I’ve been listening to John, the miracles of Jesus, and then the greatest part of John, the account of His death, and His resurrection. The ultimate sacrifice of His life. So thankful that I was obedient to the direction of the Holy Spirit.
What a beautiful life He lived.
All crafted by the Father.
So that we know that we are truly loved.
To be loved.
To give it away.
So others will know His love.
Luke 15 The Parable of the Lost Sheep Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “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? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The Parable of the Lost Son
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’