Luke 15:1-10

Luke 15:1-10

Hey, wait a minute! There goes the Shepherd! Let's follow Him!So often we only put the emphasis for our resolve for our new year on what’s going to make my life a little more comfortable, what’s going to make my life a little better, what’s going to make my life a little stronger. When was the last time you thought that, “This year I’m going to resolve to give up my life so that I can live completely and totally for Jesus Christ.” When was the last time any of us made that resolve in our life? My life is meant to be a picture of Jesus Christ. This is what He wants. This is what He’s asking for…

And here Jesus is offering these people the opportunity to make for themselves a resolution that says, “I’m going to commit my life fully and completely to God in heaven, to be usable by Him, for Him, giving up all that I am, leaving it behind, and living for Him.” But, in order to live for Him, means that you have to reach out to those that you do not want to be a part of your life…

Your goodness does not make you special. Goodness should be opening your eyes to the need, to go after the one that is not living in goodness. Your concern should be that your brother is sitting out in the street suffering. Your concern should be for the one who is living in sin because they know no other way or they’ve convinced themselves that there is no other way. And we need to be willing to reach out to them. The Shepherd wants to go after them…

As we step into our new year, I think resolve is what should be on our mind. What are we resolved to do? How are we resolving to live our life? Where does Jesus belong in our hearts? And where do we belong in His?…

What should our resolve be this year? To be on the heels of Jesus as He goes in search of. Jesus is in search of sinners; those who have wandered away; those who have gotten themselves lost… Jesus is asking that our resolve be to be a part of what He’s doing to bring back the lost one.

And I know a lot of people say, “Oh, but I’m not an evangelist. That’s not my gift.” No, being an evangelist may not be your gift, but being an evangelist is your responsibility. There is a gifting of evangelism, but the call to evangelize is given to each and every one of us. None of us are exempted from the responsibility to share what Jesus has done in our life with someone else. None of us are exempt. If you are a sheep, you need to be sharing with other sheep, lost or in the flock, but especially as you encounter those that are in the world that are lost. It is your responsibility to share what God has done for you. To speak up. To share the amazing excitement that comes when you give your life over to Jesus Christ and be a part of what the Shepherd’s doing.

Now, we can stay back in the field. We can hide away in the pasture. We can stay where it’s safe. We can stay where it’s warm. Or we can resolve to say, “Hey, wait a minute! There goes the Shepherd! Let’s follow Him! He’s going after George. George got himself lost. Hey, let’s go help find him!” Be excited about the possibility of what God can do with us. How we can step outside of our comfort zone and reach out to a lost and dying world.

Dave Elkins