A fun way to remember what's in Luke 15 is thinking of it as the lost property cupboard. But unlike the sort of things you usually find there - worn out shoes or mouldy Tupperware boxes - all these things are precious. Open it up and take a look. There's the parable of the lost sheep, the lost silver coin, and the lost son. Let's start with the lost sheep story, which runs from verse 3 to 7. If you can, give it a read now, and then come back.
This parable shows us two amazing things about Jesus, our Shepherd. 1) We get a real sense of how God values us. It's easy to think that one sheep out of a 100 might not be missed. But, just like shepherds would be compelled to track down a single missing sheep, the Good Shepherd was driven by His compassion to find us when we were lost. If you were to be the only person who ever sinned, Jesus would have gone to the cross and died for you! 2) We see that God will go to amazing lengths to save you, because it is His joy to do it. 'When [the shepherd] has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing' (Luke 15:5 NKJ). Jesus doesn't just save you then duck back into Heaven. He keeps you on His shoulders, bearing you up and giving you strength. His promise is, '... I will never leave you nor forsake you' (Hebrews 13:5 NKJ).
So what now? As you read this parable in Luke 15, ask God to show you other things that He has 'found' in your life. There's nothing like reading the book with the Author beside you.
SoulFood: Gal 5:22, Luke 6:27-36, Ex 23:1-9, Rom 12:14-21 (Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness)
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd