What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?
It’s called “slippage” in industry: Grain falls off trucks, manufactured parts don’t measure up, machines don’t run at peak efficiency, oil leaks out of car engines, and so on. In other words, there are no perfectly efficient systems on earth. Something, somewhere, is always falling through the cracks.
Recommended Reading: John 10:27-29
But slippage never occurs in salvation. Jesus used the familiar example of a flock of one hundred sheep. When the shepherd brought his sheep into the sheepfold for protection at night, he would count them one by one. If he counted only 99, what would the shepherd do, Jesus asked. One sheep of a hundred is only a one percent loss, it could be argued. Perhaps just the cost of doing business. But not to Jesus. A good shepherd would go into the mountains and find his missing sheep and bring him safely home. Not even one sheep will ever be lost (John 10:27-29).
If you belong to Jesus Christ by faith, you are one of His sheep. You can never be lost; He will seek you and find you to bring you safely back to the fold.
Thou didst seek us when we sought Thee not; didst seek us indeed that we might seek Thee.
Read-Thru-the-Bible: Proverbs 27 – 31
TURNING POINT WITH DR. DAVID JEREMIAH