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Seeking the Lost

Read Exodus 23:20 through 25:40; Matthew 18:1–20

Three children gave their mother a pearl ring for her birthday. She treasured the ring, most of all because it was a gift from all her children. One day, after the woman and her older daughter finished their lunch at a restaurant, the woman noticed that the pearl was missing. Even though mother and daughter searched, it was as though the pearl had disappeared into thin air. Later that day, the woman opened her purse and thankfully discovered the pearl inside. During lunch when the purse was open, the pearl had fallen into it.

The woman was excited and relieved to find the missing pearl. Perhaps her reaction was similar to that of the shepherd looking for his lost sheep.

Although he had ninety-nine other sheep, the shepherd was upset because of the one that was missing. He left the other sheep in order to search for it.

“And if he finds it, truly I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off” (Matthew 18:13).

What a word picture of our Savior seeking those who are outside His fold.

Thought for Today: All Christians were once lost sheep.

Quicklook: Matthew 18:12–14


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