To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2016 Issue – The Presence of God, ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Luke 15:1-7 (NIVUK): ”Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering round 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 neighbours 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 people who do not need to repent.”
Selwyn starts his study with these words: “Yesterday I highlighted the issue that before we can fully experience the presence of God we need to enter into a relationship with Him.”
He says later, something really beautiful about God’s relationship with us: “These parables (in Luke 15) tell us why as they fling back the curtains and let us see the God of the shepherd heart who searches for the lost sheep until He finds it; the God who sweeps the universe with the broom of His redemptive grace until He finds the coin on which His image is stamped; the God whose love is so powerful that it lays siege to the hearts of those who have run from their Father’s house.”
Jesus will find and keep safe all those who have been given to Him. In John 17:24, we read: “‘Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”
It’s amazing that not one of God’s children will be lost. Isn’t that a great encouragement?