“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “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? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 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.”
Luke 15: 1 – 7
The greatest story ever told. Jesus is our Hope. He is our Rescuer. Christmas is the Season when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. God’s gift to us. So why then is Christmas sometimes overwhelming and depressing to a lot of people? Maybe we are short on money, maybe it is the stress of uncontrolled situations in our lives. Or is it that we are lacking something in our hearts?
At the age of 36, with a wife and 3 young children and a mortgage, my life was turned upside down when I was in a serious coal mining accident that changed my life in a split second. Myself and some other injured miners were left to fend for ourselves when the coal mining company stopped paying their bills and filed bankruptcy. Needless to say, I was left with major injuries and financial problems, and this experience in my life took the wind out of my sails. I became labeled as “Totally Disabled” and I lost my self worth as a man.
You see, I grew up in a Christian home and I knew about God and I had head knowledge of who Jesus was, but I really didn’t have them truly in my heart. In other words, God was on the back burner of my life, and I only went to Him or prayed to Him when I really needed something. Had I carried on this way, I would have missed heaven by 18 inches, the distance from head to my heart. But throughout these past 26 years, though the road had been very rocky and at times things looked very bleak for my family and me, Jesus was always with me. I found that these challenging times were designed to lead me to Him. It got me into His Word, it led me to men’s ministry, it led me to Him. Without these challenges, I would have never converted my knowledge into love.
In Luke we learn – when the enemy throws everything it has at us, and it will, regardless of how many times, or how long we succumb to the pressures, Jesus comes after us again, and again, and again. No matter how many times you think is the limit of chances for someone, Christ sees you as his one lost sheep. When we find ourselves on the “Frontline” of Life, know Jesus is always right there with us, faithfully. When you find yourself in doubt, facing fear of the unknown, remember Jesus is your Rescuer, looking to find you, pick you up, and place you on his shoulders.
Daily Battle Order:
How would you define your acceptance of the gift of Jesus as your rescuer? Examine any false messages that have been placed on you or issues you have faced from the world, and refocus on your value promised and paid for in Jesus Christ.
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