The last couple of weeks have been rough. Bad head cold followed by a cough that feels like Thor himself is hitting my chest with his hammer.
The thing about being sick (especially for me) is that I am an absolute baby. When sick, I cannot function. It’s times like this that I just wish the days go by.
I thank you lord for this day. I thank you lord for waking me up and giving me time to enjoy my family and friends. I know that times are rough, but the fact that I have been given another day should be celebrated.
Luke 15:1, 3-4 “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear him…Then Jesus told them this parable: ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?”
Are we actively pursuing “lost sheep”?
Are we willing to leave behind our friendships, social network, family and even church involvements to pursue, go after lost sheep?
Are we willing to go after lost sheep until they are found?
This re-orientation of priorities is radical and rare among God’s people. The lost sheep are the “low hanging fruit.” They know what it means to follow the Shepherd; they once grazed next to us, but now they have wondered off.
Who is pursuing them?
Who is going after them?
Jesus was on a mission to pursue lost sheep. He still is.
Lord Jesus, fill me with your love for people who have wandered away from your family. I desire to live on your mission and not just for myself.
It’s hard to go after lost sheep when you are judgmental. Love one another as Jesus has taught us. That will open the door to all. PJSLB
I love Christmas. Christmas is a time with family and friends, crowded malls, shopping, egg nog, Christmas plays, exchanging gifts, more crowded malls, more shopping, etc. It can drive you completely crazy but thats okay!
This morning, Max Lucado reminded me why i love this time of year. Its the time of year where everyone and i mean EVERYONE asks, thinks, talks, reflects on Jesus. Even non believers will be seeing displays of the manger or the three kings following the star. The birth of Jesus, so humble so peaceful is a story thats being told every min of this month and as a Christian, I am aware that this is an opportunity to share Christ.
Do you know someone who loves this time of year and is not a Christian? If so, pray that the Holy Spirit move you in sharing what this time of year really means to them. As followers of Christ, it is our duty to share the word of Christ to all. This time of year just makes it that much easier.
Lets the season of sharing the Word of God begin! Have a good morning – PJSLB
This is conversation my wife and i will be having very soon!
If you own an iPhone, you need to have Max Lucado’s Daily Devotional podcast as it is the perfect way to start the morning. With the podcast being only 1 min, it is short enough that you can fit it in with the hectic morning schedule and at the same time be filled with wonderful insight and encouragement from a Christian perspective on life.
In today’s devotional, Lucado focuses on “today’s problem not necessarily being tomorrow problem”. He goes on to talk about not setting yourself up for failure. Just because your dad was a drunk does not mean you will be one as well! Lucado reminds us to “…stand against the wiles of the Devil” (Ephesians 6:11). The complete verse reads as such in the bible.
Do yourself a favor, head over to the search button in your Podcast app and subscribe to Max Lucado’s Daily Devotional. For Android or people who would like to listen on their computers your can find then here. Itunes and Mac users can find them here.
Have a blessed morning everyone. May God show his favor in all that you do. -PJSLB