This isn’t a devotional…per say.
This is just my thoughts on what it means to be a believer who doesn’t always get it right. This is just my conviction that God has grace for believers, too.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve noticed that Christians are merciless towards other followers of Christ. I mean, not all of them, but this is definitely a trend in the body. And on the one hand, I understand the idea that Christians are supposed to be the light of the world and therefore, we cannot get caught up in the “darkness.” I hear you. I also understand the notion that when you become a believer, “old things pass away, behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). And besides, if you see your sibling headed down the wrong path, it’s your job to keep it real with them before it’s too late, right?
Well, Consider this parable from Luke 15:3-6.
So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’
Whenever I’ve heard or read this passage, it’s always been referencing unbelievers coming into the fold. But I’d like to offer a different perspective today. Notice that the sheep in this parable already belonged to the shepherd. The passage says, “having a hundred sheep and losing one of them…” Meaning the sheep was always a part of the fold but simply lost their way.
Do you know, it is possible to be a believer and be human at the same time? MIND BLOWN! Right? But hear me, the issue isn’t that we make mistakes and poor decisions. The issue comes when we choose to stay in the decision and ignore God’s persistent search for us. Notice that the shepherd goes after the sheep until he finds it. In that same way, God relentlessly pursues those whom God loves.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that we should just live recklessly. Our actions DO have consequences. So be wise in how you live. But I am saying that when you do “mess up” and fall into a state of distance from God, that God has not given up on you. God loves you. NOTHING can change that.
Hear me again.
NOTHING CAN CHANGE GODS LOVE FOR YOU!
You might make poor decisions sometimes. But, beloved, God is pursuing you. God is looking for you to accept His everlasting love. God is waiting for you to remember Him. God is looking for you! God wants the sinner and the saint. And Gods love will search for you until it finds you. The question is, will you turn back to the God who relentlessly pursues you?