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Matthew 18:12-14

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Jesus said to his disciples: "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish." 

Matthew 18:12-14
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    • Let us never grow accustomed to this parable. It is the most astonishing suggestion you could imagine. Modern business would focus on the 99, well behaved and conformist. Jesus turns our eyes to that bit of ourselves that wants to do our own thing, go our own way, even when it is self-destructive. As parents have learned with heartbreak, it is only love that will save the lost sheep.
    • I cling to that last assurance: “It is not the will of your Father that one of these little ones should be lost.”
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    • Do I believe in the value of one? If each Christian helped even one person at a time, the world would be changed. But do I sometimes ignore both the ninety-nine – and also the one?
    • If it is God’s desire that none of the ‘little ones’ should be lost, that must be the desire of my heart also. To what ‘little one’ can I reach out today?
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    • If I were the only person in the world needing salvation, Jesus would still die for me. Does it thrill me or terrify me? Why?
    • Jesus is telling us very clearly that every life is precious in his eyes. Every person I meet is invaluable and irreplaceable. Jesus turns conventional attitudes upside down: the ‘little ones’, the people whom the world does not rate as important, are the most precious of all. Will my attitudes today reflect this?
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    • Every gospel tells us something about God. Here I learn that God has a particular care for everyone, especially for those who have gone astray. This is a comfort to me because I often lose my way in life. God is watching out for me always.
    • I ask the Lord that I too may care for the ‘little ones’ – those who are vulnerable and cannot cope with life’s demands.
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    • Jesus is the shepherd whose heart goes after the one who is lost. When I feel forlorn or lost, I have a special place in Jesus' heart. I allow myself to feel vulnerable, to be cherished, sought and found.
    • I may sometimes want to have everything squared away and orderly. It may be that I want to rely more on myself than on Jesus. Being in need is not demeaning when I am closer to the heart of Jesus.