Matthew 18:10–14 (ESV)
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. 12 What do you think? If
a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more
than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
It is painful for me to see someone who was a Christian to walk away from the faith. In the end times, they will realize that they had believed and they walked away. Today’s parable is about this. A sheep wanders
away and becomes lost. The ninety-nine other sheep stay together. The ninety-nine are doing the will of the father. They are staying within the flock. God does not want to lose even one, he wants all to be saved. We are saved
by faith. When one loses faith… it is a great loss. There will be much rejoicing if that one sheep comes back into the fold. Do we show this kind of concern to a member of the congregation that walks away? Do we try to bring
that member back in?
I pray: Give me a heart, O Father, that cares about each of Your little ones. Amen.