Rodney Howard Browne shares that one of the excellent things about our heavenly Father is that thru the Scripture, He unearths what matters to Him. In the parables of the lost coin, the lost sheep, and the “lost” prodigal child, Jesus shares the heart of God. People who have missed the saving truth of God, as well as followers who have walked away from His truths, learn that they matter significantly to Him.
Just as the widow scoured the room to find the coin, God pursues us so we might accept His gift of salvation. Rodney Howard Brown points out that like the shepherd who left those ninety-nine sheep in safety to find the person that had walked away, our Shepherd has the priority of bringing us into relationship with Himself. And His concern is similar whether we are wandering for the 1st or hundredth time.
Just as the prodigal’s father welcomed his boy back and forgave him, our heavenly Father guarantees the same to us. Due to the saving work of Jesus Christ, God’s love “keeps no record of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5).
The prodigal’s father threw a celebratory party, and Scripture tells us that heaven rejoices when one who was lost has been found (Luke 15:6, 9-10, 24). Our loving heavenly Father yearns that each person in His creation be “found.”
Knowing that all folks start life in a “lost” religious condition, (Romans 3:10-11) God offers every one a place in his folks thru Jesus’ redeeming work, and He has trusted followers with spreading the message of deliverance. Does your heart beat as God’s does for the lost? Rodney Howard Browne advises that if not, pray for a heart change.