God pursues those who do not know Him like the shepherd who leaves the 99 sheep to find the one lost one. He’s like the woman who searches everywhere in her house to find the lost coin. He’s like the father of the prodigal son who comes home.
We can be found and have the home we have always longed to have.
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Jesus shares the urgency with which God pursues those who do not know Him.
Jesus spends time with tax collectors and prostitutes because He is like the shepherd who leaves the 99 sheep to find the one lost one. He’s like the woman who searches everywhere in her house to find the lost coin.
Jesus tells a parable about the younger son who asked for his inheritance even while his father is still alive so he can go out on his own only to squander it away living wildly. Eventually during a famine, he realizes the pigs he is feeding are eating better than he is so he decides to humble himself and head home.
Surprisingly, rather than being upset with him, his father runs to him, eagerly welcomes him back, and prepares to throw a celebration because of his return!
All of this frustrates his older son. The older son may not believe his younger son should be welcomed back and certainly not celebrated.
The father explains all he has belongs to his son. They could have had a feast any time!
These parables remind us that God loves, pursues, and longs for those who do not know Him to simply come to Him for help. He is there for us – eager to welcome us home.