More Joy (Luke 15:4-7)

Luke 15:4-7 (ESV)

 

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And 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 that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

 

            Over the past few weeks, I have had the joy of hearing about three sweet salvations. Two of them were men who had rejected God’s offer of mercy for many years and who asked for grace on their death beds. The third is a man in his early thirties who, while driving down the highway, felt the conviction of God and found his heart made alive in Christ.

 

            In all three of these instances, I have experienced exactly what the Bible expects we should experience—I experienced joy. What a sweet thing to hear about the salvation of the lost. Remember, all of us have rebelled against the rule of our Creator. All of us have earned his wrath. The fact that we can be rescued by him is such a sweet joy.

 

            I also want to continue to experience that joy. I want to know that people are turning from death to life. I want to be a part of what God is doing. This is one reason why I teach god’s word and share my faith when I can. I want people to be made alive to Christ. I want the joy of witnessing their souls being saved. Truly, there is more joy over even one who repents than over 99 people who think they need no repentance.

 

            Lord, I want the joy you speak of in this passage. Please help me to be faithful to share the gospel with those who need it. Please also grant me opportunities to tell the good news and to see others come to faith in you. Grant me the joy of seeing your glory displayed in your mercy.