In the Bible, (Both in Matthew and Luke) Jesus shares a parable about a shepherd with a flock of 100 sheep. Ninety nine are accounted for, but one has gone astray. The shepherd seeks the one out and rejoices when he finds it and brings it home.
Throughout the Bible, we are referenced as sheep, and God, our shepherd. Being “lost” is representative of being a sinner not yet saved or being a believer who has fallen away from the life God would have us to live.
Friend, it’s easy to mess up. We think we have it all figured out and start to rely on ourselves to get through. There have been many moments where I have felt God reminding me of who I am in Him. I don’t need to try to get my life together before I come to Him. He wants to meet me in my mess, and when I do, He is joyful because of it. He is my Savior. He seeks me out.
If you’re a believer, there was a time in your life that He first rescued you from sin. If you don’t yet know Jesus, there is insurmountable peace that comes with giving it all over to Him: the good, the bad, and the downright humiliating moments that you’d rather soon forget. They can all be forgiven through Him. Every. Single. One.
The emphasis on the one lost sheep doesn’t negate from how much the Shepherd loves the other 99. It just shows how important every single one of us are to our Creator. Are you trying to hide the dark parts? I’ve been there. He knew it. He loved me through it. He forgave me in spite of it. He covered me with His goodness. He can do all of that for you too.
Luke 15:10 “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”