Who is Jesus speaking to when He tells the parables of the lost sheep, lost coin and lost brother? What does that mean for each of us when we feel like no one cares about us?
Jesus is speaking to tax collectors and sinners (Luke 15:1) while the Pharisees mutter because Jesus would even associate with such people. Jesus didn’t come for the self-righteous, he came to help those who felt an emptiness in their heart. He came to help people when they lose their way. Notice in the parable how the shepherd left the 99 sheep to go find the one. That speaks about how valuable that one sheep was to the shepherd. When he does find it alive, he takes the sheep back and calls people to rejoice with him that he has found this wayward sheep.
The stories are not only about being lost. They are just as much about being valued. I don’t think that people realize how much it impacts all of us when they are gone from the church. I know people get busy, but often one week turns into three or six that someone is gone. Friendships become lukewarm and the church doesn’t seem to be able to count on people for the ministry that we all expect. That is why I want everyone to know that they have value. You may feel like you are a tax collector or sinner and no one cares about you. That is Satan talking, not God. God always loves you and so do we.
This and That: The big news is that the book, “32 days devotions with Abraham” is now out in print. The book contains 32 devotions that will take you from Abraham's call to his death. It also has 12 bible studies with a leader's guide that highlight 12 important events in Abraham's life and match 12 of the devotions. You are free to copy the bible studies for your church or small group without getting books for everyone in the group. So feel free to buy one copy for your small group and let the whole group get to know Abraham. To celebrate this event, I am giving away a free sample of the book in PDF form on the website. Download the booklet of three devotions and one Bible study to get a flavor of what is available to you. You can download the free booklet by clicking here. You can be taken to the booklet page so you can buy the book on Amazon by clicking here. Thanks to all of the people who have been so supportive during the writing of this book.