Finding The One…
The people that have been in church their entire life are wonderful people, some have a deep meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ and live a life filled to the brim with joy, grace and mercy for their brothers and sisters. It is a blessing to be in the presence of these people. What about those that are lost? What about our brothers and sisters in Christ that are wondering lost? Where do they fit in? You know the ones, the smelly, dirty drug addicts, rapist, murderers and the like – yeah, those people. When do they get invited into church to sit next to the people whom they do not know?
When does Jesus come to find them? When does Jesus speak to them and plant the seed of beauty in their heart? We do not know. What we do know is it happens. What we do know is that each person, all of God’s children, are given the opportunity, in their heart, to know Jesus Christ – I believe this to be true. Both the Gospel According to Luke and the Gospel According to Matthew seem to confirm my belief.
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? ~ Luke 15:4 NKJB
Those are the Words of the Living God, Jesus Christ, Emmanuel. Jesus is saying that He is going after each child, regardless of any location, current belief or any other factor – these children belong to Him and He is going to find them – all of them.
Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. ~ Matthew 18:3-4 NKJB
Once again, the Words of the Living God, Jesus Christ, Emmanuel. Until we become completely dependent upon the Kingdom of God – first – have we been converted? This is a lesson that was taught long before we reached this point in the Gospel. Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, had already spoken directly on this topic. He seems to be making this point even stronger when He uses the parable above.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. ~ Matthew 6:33-34 NKJB
For those that have spent their lives moving closer to God and developing a deep relationship with Jesus Christ, the first lesson, seek first the kingdom of God, should have taken root somewhere along their journey and when Jesus emphasizes this lesson it should propel them deeper into their faith. For those that have never heard this, missed it or never understood it to begin with, Jesus is still seeking, still searching hearts and minds, planting seeds to call each and everyone of His children home. Those are the ones to be found. Let’s all be great Ambassadors and help in the search.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.