See the source imageMatthew 18:12–14

12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

      Just the other day, the tire pressure light on my dashboard went on.  This isn’t uncommon because my tires are filled with nitrogen and fluctuations in temperature can affect the sensors.  Usually I will wait to see if the light turns off on its own (which it did), before making an appointment to get my tires checked.  Nitrogen isn’t readily available at local gas stations, so I have to take my car to the shop that installed my tires.  It is a hassle to get an appointment for such a small problem.  I end up putting off making an appointment until it is absolutely necessary.

      As Christians, we have a sensor that tells us when our lives are getting off track.  It is the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit convicts us of right and wrong and reminds us when we have wandered from God.  Unfortunately, like with my pressure light, we don’t always listen to the Holy Spirit.  It is far easier to ignore the warnings and to go about our life as if nothing is wrong.  However, the longer we go, the easier it becomes to become desensitized to the Holy Spirit’s direction and thus wander farther and farther from God.  Fortunately, God continues to seek us even when we are lost.  God is always ready to return us back into right relationship for each of us is precious to God.

      It is a wonderful time to get right with the Lord.  If it has been awhile or you are struggling, come join us for worship, in person or online.  We are each sojourners trying to heed the call of our Good Shepherd.

Gracious Lord, too often we have wandered from your path and have ignored your calls of reconciliation.  Forgive us and return us back into right relationship with you.  Give us ears to hear; eyes to see; and a contrite heart to follow.  Thank you for your unconditional grace and love.  In Christ, we pray. Amen.   


The Rev. Dr. Jon Nelson