Luke 15:4:“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?”

Jesus told us a story about a lost sheep. Here is His story in a nutshell:

A man owning a hundred sheep performed a head count and found out that one of his sheep was missing. So he left the ninety nine to search for the one who got lost. And when he found it, he carried it home on his shoulders. As he went, He shared with all his friends what had just happened, and everybody rejoiced.

We all love the fact that this one lost sheep mattered so much that the man went out of his way to find it. And when he found it he was extremely glad. He spread the good news that his lost sheep was found, and everybody cheered! What a wonderful happy end, right? – Well, wait a minute: what about the other ninety nine? What if, after finally getting hold of the stray, the sheep owner returns to camp to find out that all his other ninety nine sheep had meanwhile slipped away?

First there is one straying sheep, then there are ninety nine sheep scattered all over the place – that’s a lot of slipping and sliding! Maybe, just maybe, the story of one lost sheep in all reality is the story of one hundred lost sheep?

One thing is for certain: Jesus will never give up on us, and He won’t let us down when we’re slipping and falling. He only has a problem with the ones in denial who think everything is fine when in all reality they’re in big trouble. 

Jesus is looking for seekers. He looks for those who know they’re lost. When we’re drifting away, when we slip and cry out to Him, He comes to our rescue. We can bank on that. Best of all: He’ll carry us home on His shoulders, the very best place to be!

Luke 19:10: “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”

Isaiah 55:6: “Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.”

Call on Him now means call on Him always.  There’s always now. Right now is now. And here’s another now. If we missed an opportunity to call on the Lord, here is another now. You can do it every moment of the day.

Seeking an audition with the Lord becomes a problem when audition isn’t granted. Prophet Isaiah seems to have experienced this issue because he writes (Isaiah 55:6):

“Seek the Lord while you can find him.”

In other words, time is precious, and if we waste opportunities to meet with the Lord, there might be a day when we look for Him and He’s unavailable. To me that is quite disconcerting.

On the other hand, we all know we are mortal.

As much as our days are numbered so are our opportunities to see God come through in our lives. Waiting until we are on our death bed to have a conversation with the Lord is definitely a gamble with high stakes. How do we know that we have that luxury to contemplate before taking our last breath? We don’t really – because we don’t know the exact circumstances of our death. I believe we are best advised to seize the moment and check in with the Lord right now.

And if not now, then how about right now?

“Oh God you are my God and I will ever praise you. I will seek you in the morning and I will learn to walk in your ways and step by step you’ll lead and I will follow you all of my days.” (Rich Mullins)

The Lord is near.