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This Week's Bulletin Article


     As the good shepherd (John 10), Jesus is greatly concerned for his sheep. Jesus would use this metaphor several times to describe his followers. When you think about the illustration, it is a wonderful picture of who we are and how great our God and Savior is!

     In Matthew 18, Jesus has been talking about sin, specifically about the temptation to sin. He reminds us that temptation will always be with us, but that we must not be the ones tempting others. He used a child to make the point that only those who turn to him in childlike faith can enter the kingdom of heaven. We also noticed the implied question Jesus asked - How far would you be willing to go to keep yourself from sinning? We must be as serious about sin as God is.

     Now, let's look at Matthew 18:10-14, See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. 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 mountains 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 (ESV).

     What am I doing - what are you doing - to seek the lost? The sheep that went astray could be someone in the church who is no longer living faithfully according to the Scriptures. Am I as dedicated as the shepherd in this story? Am I concerned for the spiritual well-being of those who have strayed from the straight and narrow?

     Also, according to this context and the emphasis Jesus has placed on the child, this lost sheep could illustrate a young, innocent soul who has reached an age where he/she knows the difference between wrong and right, disobedience and righteousness, yet has chosen to live for themselves instead of submitting to the will of the Lord. Again, within the context, maybe someone has hurt them (despised them, verse 10) which has influenced them to turn away from spiritual matters.

     What am I doing to be a proper example to my children and other young ones? May it never be that my words or actions or attitude would lead a young person away from the good shepherd and send them running into the open arms of Satan! What am I doing to try to reach those young souls who have grown up with godly influences but have wandered away from the protection and security of the shepherd?

     May we all have the heart of Jesus and share his concern for the lost! That is exactly the reason why he came to earth the first time. Luke 19:10, For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.

Greg Surles
Birdwell Lane church of Christ

    Bruce Griffith
David Smith
Greg Surles

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