Jesus is an awesome Shepherd. He doesn’t just save us once; He is always saving us. His sacrifice for saving us was completed once, but His salvation and deliverance happens often.
The parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15 has often been applied to the situation where a person newly becomes born-again and becomes a part of God’s kingdom. But it’s more than that.
It certainly applies to Christians who stray in some form or another. The lost sheep was actually already part of the Shepherd’s fold when it left the fold.
You can picture the scenario, and we can certainly relate with the sheep:
The Shepherd is leading the way, but we start to stray. Mind you, the Shepherd is taking us somewhere amazing, with the best pasture and life possible. Yet out of foolishness, gullibility, pride and believing we know what’s best for us, we stray.
We see a shiny object on the other side of the road and we are distracted. The grass looks greener on the other side, and we are tempted.
So we go. But He comes. He always comes. He always comes after us.
The same sheep keeps straying and wandering off. And He keeps going after that one sheep. It’s His sheep. Not once does He say, “This sheep is too stubborn and is always straying. The next time it leaves, that’s it, I’m letting it go.”
There is not one of his children outside of His reach, no matter how far we have gone or how much we have sinned. No one can snatch us out of His hand (John 10:29-30).
And nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). Certainly not sin, no matter how gruesome. Our sinfulness didn’t stop Him before, it won’t stop Him now (Romans 5:6-10).
What a Saviour! He keeps coming after us. Moving us, intruding our thoughts, drawing us, moving people to pray for us and reach out to us, wooing us covertly and overtly. Amazing love!
His words are still true: “Those you have given me, I have kept and none of them is lost” (John 17:12).
No matter how far you have strayed, He’s coming for you. He refuses to lose His precious one.