In Daily Bible Reading this summer, we’re exploring how Jesus modeled the Fruits of the Spirit and how we can live them out too. This week our focus is on joy.
Read Luke 15:1-7
1. What factors prompted Jesus to tell this parable?
2. What does the man do after he finds the lost sheep?
3. What does verse 7 tell us about the heart of Jesus?
How much do you care about everyone, regardless of who they are or what they’ve done? This is the dilemma Jesus addressed with the religious leaders. While they were caught up in criticism, Jesus said that the very people they were criticizing were worth searching for. And when they were found, they would be joyfully carried home, where there would be a huge celebration.
This is a picture of what happens for each of us when we’re found by the Good Shepherd and repent of our sin. We’re rejoiced over and celebrated.
Have you found joy in repentance yet? If you haven’t repented of your own sins, let today be the day you’re found by God. Confess where you’ve strayed and ask Him to give you a new start. If you’ve experienced His salvation but have lost His heart for those who are still lost, come to Him asking for fresh conviction and love. Pray for those who may be far from Him, and commit to being part of their rescue mission.
Want to go deeper? If you’ve made the decision to follow Jesus and want to publicly declare it and celebrate with others, visit this link to find out how you can be baptized. If you want to cultivate a deeper heart for the lost, read these seven practical steps you can take.
*TPCC does not necessary endorse all “Want to go deeper” sources. They are simply meant to be a helpful tool.