To the Children of the Kingdom;
May the peace and grace of God our Father, and of our Lord and Savior Jesus-Christ, be with you. Have you ever considered what a soul is worth? Today, we will not speak from the perspective of the blood of Jesus (His sacrifice), but in terms of the implications of that worth on our own life. In other words, we will consider what God might be willing to do in our life so that a soul (not ours, but another’s) will be saved.
Then Jesus told them this parable: 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? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 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.
The passage illustrates just how precious one soul is in God’s sight, and the joy it produces when one of those repents.
Do you think that God could be willing to shatter ALL your dreams (career ambitions, business venture, vacations, bucket list, reputation, whatever) to save a single soul…ONE soul…like a coworker for example? The answer must be YES. Because otherwise, it would mean that those dreams, those personal ambitions (which are temporal) are more valuable in God’s eyes than a soul (which will go for eternity).
It is important that we understand God, that we understand Jesus, that we understand what it is that they are after, and that we understand what they could be willing to do to obtain what they seek.
The Apostles Paul, Peter, John, etc., and all the prophets of old, got to understand that…that God’s plan become your plans …at the cost of your own ambitions.
What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.
So my friends, if you genuinely seek God, do not marvel if things do not go your way. They most assuredly won’t, unless they somehow align with God’s plan…like the one of saving a soul, such as your coworker’s, or your neighbor’s.
But just like Paul in the passage above, with that understanding comes also the understanding that our ambitions and aspirations etc. , were not that valuable anyway. Hence, it is a not a life of regret that awaits you, but one of true purpose. Paul got to understand it so well that of his own past, ambitions, aspirations, etc., he says…I consider them garbage!
Seek the Lord while it is called today, and may He be with you all. Let us not be foolish but let us understand what the will of the Lord is (Ephesians 5:17).
May His name be praised. Amen!