The Pursuit

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.” — Matthew 18:12-14

My life as a Christian didn’t begin with a decision. I didn’t pray a prayer or kneel at an altar. I never saw it coming. It was like I looked up, and there He was. To borrow a line from the wonderful hymn Amazing Grace, “I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind, but now I see”. I didn’t find God; He found me.

At best, I was the prodigal son, coming to both the conclusion that I’ve made a mess of my life and the realization that things would be better if I went back to my Father. Unfortunately, just like the prodigal son, I focused on how I could earn God’s love; working my way back into God’s favor which isn’t actually possible (this is why Jesus died on the cross). Thankfully though, God isn’t passive. He is watching, waiting, and even pursuing. How happy is that lost little lamb to look up from total despair to see the loving and familiar face of the Good Shepherd! “You sought me! You found me!” And what a surprise and joy it must have been to the son, who was rehearsing his thorough plan of penitence on his way back home, to be intercepted en route by his loving Father!

Jesus was pursuing me. He sought me. He found me. He saved me. Amen! (If you’ve got a few more minutes, you can hear more of my story here).

Is He pursuing you? Is He calling out to you? How will you know unless you look up?

“Look unto me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is no other.” — Isaiah 45:22