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00532 - Looking For The One

A particularly moving passage illustrates God's profound interest in every soul. It's found in the parable of the lost sheep, where Jesus says, "And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off" (Matthew 18:13, NIV).

The shepherd's action in this parable reflects God's heart towards those who have not yet decided on Jesus. It's a powerful reminder that every individual is precious in His eyes. The fact that the shepherd would count and notice one missing from the ninety-nine speaks volumes. It tells us that God is acutely aware of each person's spiritual journey and actively pursues a relationship with them.

The message is clear: no one is beyond the reach of God's love, and every decision for Jesus is celebrated in heaven. Let’s not forget to pray regularly for the ‘one’ today.


God allows every single one of us to believe in His Son.


Thank You, Lord, for rescuing me; I am now part of your family. Amen.

Action Point

Get together some friends, and set up a prayer meeting praying for your children to come to faith. Watch what happens when you pray in faith and agreement.

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