Sometime in our lives we are all the “One.”
The one God came after and left the proverbial ninety-nine in doing so.
But why? Why would He leave His people like that? Does anyone ever consider the inverse of what is happening here???
We cry like babies during Reckless Love because we identify with the one, not the ninety-nine. That group wouldn’t be bawling joyfully because they got “left”… or would they?
Let’s break it down.
A few things are going on in this “leaving” and I believe it is of the utmost importance that we as a church begin to identify with the ninety-nine more than we do with being the “one.”
This is why:
1) The “One” is special… therefore we all want to be this
Reality: if you’ve accepted Jesus as your savior you cannot presently identify as this “one.” It’s great to reflect and show gratitude that God sought you out and brought you that mighty long way, but real gratitude produces action… namely that we do what Jesus has done and go get the next “one”
2) God left the ninety-nine, but He returned
The best description of this “leaving” and what it entails can be found in John 14:23-31. Jesus has to go away. If we love Him we keep His word. We then become a “home” of Jesus and the Father along with our counselor the Holy Spirit. It is not just Christ we have but the entire trinity living with us! Jesus left and it hurt that we were no longer the center of attention but we were ultimately empowered to do what He did and even greater!
3) The Ninety-nines are supposed to leave the ninety-nine and find “ones” that become more ninety-nines
This is basically the same as my first point but necessary to keep repeating. Stop making everything about you! It’s not about (just) you! It’s about the body of believers as a whole and we are still missing body parts because some of our ninety-nine have done nothing more than trade night-clubs for church-clubs.
We are out of order.
The answer to the world’s brokenness lies within the perfect love of Jesus lived out through us. We must go.
Go love each other.
Go love the one.
Go get the one.
Jesus came to seek and save. This isn’t about attraction and marketing. It’s about getting in the trenches with the lost and carrying them out on our backs if that’s what it takes!
Please share love today. Put as much effort into loving your neighbor as you do into serving abroad in missions.
Pray for people out loud. Pray for people in public. Pray for eyes to see the brokenness on their faces.
It will haunt you and bless you, but it is our calling.
With a heavy heart for the lost I’m begging you to courage-up and get your hands moving on the plow today. I want my Sunday morning to be filled with praise reports and new faces, not the ninety-nine still trying to be the “one.”
I love you all dearly.