Jesus reveals the heart of the Father through the parable of the Lost Sheep. A man loses one of His sheep and leaves the ninety-nine in His flock to go after it. When He finds it, He brings it back to the fold and invites His friends to celebrate the return of His lost sheep.
Jesus says, “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over the ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
Child of God, you are the ninety-nine, the one who needs no repentance. Your heart, mind and purpose are set in Christ.
Here’s a situation ripped from headlines. You’re a bakery owner and you were just asked to bake a wedding cake for a couple that does not share your Christian beliefs. Remember you’re in Christ, they’re not; you’re Heaven bound, they’re not. God plans your day; He makes firm your steps. God is not out to harm you but to prosper you. So why did He bring this unsaved couple in your path?
God positioned you for one reason and one reason alone. If you think it’s to prove your faithfulness to Him you’re wrong. There’s no need for that. You’re belief in His Son and His finished work at the cross has you sealed for eternity. You’re the ninety-nine, Heaven’s not rejoicing over you, it’s waiting to rejoice over the salvation of that one demanding that cake from you.
But how do I do that, especially in a situation like that, I’m not a preacher?
Neither was Paul or the Disciples. Take a page from their book, simply testify about the love of Jesus; that same Love that saved you. Plant that seed of love and Christ will do the rest. If you’re too shy to speak, that’s okay, you have something mighty within you that can tear down barriers and move mountains. You have access to God through prayer. You have God’s ear; pray and watch Heaven move on your behalf.
Christ said this to Paul, “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you.” Acts 18:9-10
I believe that God is raising up a generation that does not fear lawsuits, persecution or death. A Believer who is confident in the power of that name that is above all names. I believe our God is challenging all of God’s people not to run from these challenges but to seize them as opportunities to share God’s grace. See it as a chance to impart life to a person who may not walk through those church doors to hear God’s Word. It just may be, that their only chance of knowing the Love that God has for them is through you Child of God.
I believe the Father is stirring up a Generation Grace that shares in His will to see none perish. One who refuses to bury the talent God gave them and seizes every opportunity to lift up the name of Jesus. That person who served you coffee, the students you teach, your co-workers are not chance encounters but God encounters. Not all ministry takes place in a synagogue or church, it can be as casual as a Man waiting by a well for someone to give Him a drink 🙂
Are you that Grace Generation?