What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ – Luke 15:4-6
You were that lost sheep. You had lost your way, were wandering without hope, living in sin, easy prey for the devil.
But God loves you, and he looked for you. He didn’t leave you lost, he came looking for you. Maybe it was through a friend or your parents, maybe through VBS, Camp, Sunday School, a sermon, a tract, or some other way. However he did it, God didn’t leave you lost. He came looking for you.
And when he found you, he carried you home. You were too weak to go home, too sinful to go home. It was not by your own effort or works that you came home. It was not your own goodness that led you home. On your own you wouldn’t have made it. You would still be lost, wandering, hopeless. But he carried you home. It was the work of Christ that brought you home. It was the goodness of Jesus that brought you home. It was the power of the Spirit that brought you home. God carried you home.
And then, he rejoiced over you. When you got saved, there was a celebration in heaven, a party in paradise. God was excited, thrilled, rejoicing over you. Have you ever lost something? Maybe your keys, the remote, or something else. You looked for it and when you found it, you rejoiced. In a greater way, God rejoiced over you. You were lost, but now you are found, and God threw a party.
Why would God come looking for people like us? Why would he care to carry us home? Why would he rejoice over the likes of us? Because somehow, someway, in his incredible mercy and grace, God loves us. He loves you. There is a love we can rest in.