When I was in junior high, I lost my retainer walking home from a friends. Although I should have had it in my mouth, I was a teenage boy who just happened to put this retainer in a pocket with a hole. To make matters worse, it was late fall with large leaves everywhere on the ground. As I retraced my steps, I had to get a rake, spending hours until dark searching and praying. Unsuccessful, I went back early the next morning on Saturday, desperately hoping I didn’t have to tell my parents I lost a $300 dental piece. On a whim and many prayers, I tripped over my retainer, uncovered all the debris and went home rejoicing.
In the gospel of Luke, a doctor devotes an entire chapter to the theme of lost and found. Whether its a sheep that wandered off from its owner, a woman misplacing a valuable coin or a rebellious son who lost his moral compass, each parable illustrates the love of God the Father. According to Luke 15:7, any time a sinner who has lost their way finds their way back to Jesus, angels celebrate in heaven rejoicing over a repentant soul. Whenever the lost are found, fairy tale endings occur.
However, today there are more distractions to cause the curious to stray off course. In fact, one may say the severity of temptations in this age may be greater than ever. Nonetheless, you should not use disclaimers or create a built in excuse for sin. Moreover, 1 Peter 2:11-12 is pertinent advice, warning the unprepared by the invisible war just in case anyone get’s too comfortable. As for now, make sure pride doesn’t convince you to believe that you can be your own shepherd. Follow the principles of Proverbs 3:5-6 and you will stay in communion with God.
by Jay Mankus