Luke 15: 1-7
Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” So He spoke this parable to them, saying:
“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? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
I am that "ONE! "Many of you may not know my whole story. My story has many twists and turns. I served the Lord then I fell away from the Lord. Not because I was mad at Him or thought He was too mean. But because I felt unworthy. I was not worth His time and grace. BUT He says, "I know you are not worthy, thats why I sent Jesus." Jesus freely laid down His life on that cross in spite of my unworthiness. Jesus left the ninety-nine to find me. That is something "worthy" of worship and adoration.
He is a great redeemer, and I am confidant, if you would only take the time, settle your mind, and focus on Him. Sing some songs, and when you sing them, sing them as a prayer like King David did. Often times, that is how I am moved. When I really make the words personal. He moves me. I am moved closer to Him. As He lifts me up onto His shoulders. Challenge yourself to not just be a spectator during times of worship, but see it as an opportunity to be a participant. I challenge you to worship our God freely, with thankfulness, because He left the ninety-nine to come and find you!
Dan Ousley -Worship leader, StoneBridge Baptist Church