I came across my very first journal recently, and plan to share these entries as a way to preserve them, pass them on, and see how the Lord has richly blessed my journey with Him over the years.
March 15th, 2009
S (Scripture) – Luke 15:1-10, 24 Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
So He told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 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 which was lost!’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
[The Parable of the Prodigal Son], with v.24, “…for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.”
O (Observation) – [Taken from the Life Application Study Bible notes: “The sheep was lost because it foolishly wandered away; the coin was lost through no fault of its own; and the son left out of selfishness.”] What really struck me is how some people get lost through no fault of their own…whether they just grew up in a household where Jesus was never taught, or they were in a very “religious,” but fake/empty household, these people didn’t ask to be lost, like the one who was foolish or selfish.
A (Application) – Even more of a reason to reach out for Jesus and share Him with others – because everyone desperately needs Him, but some do not have Him and it is for no reason of their own.
P (Prayer) – Heavenly Father, I want to share You with everyone, even those closest to me…help me!