In Luke chapter 15, Jesus uses three examples – a sheep, a coin, a wayward son – to illustrate God’s relentless passion to seek and save the lost. Perhaps, the repetition was simply for reemphasis. However, on deeper investigation, it becomes clear that each story carries its own message. When placed together, these messages usher the listener onwards to salvation!
Firstly, the example of a sheep is used. Such is a hapless creature, unable to defend itself, reliant upon its owner for provision and protection. Even once found, the sheep is too weak from its wanderings to follow its master home, and must be carried (Luke 15 v 5). Here, Jesus wishes to emphasise our helplessness. Indeed, we are unable to save ourselves. We need the blood of Christ to wash us clean, the hands of God to lift us up, the might of God to set us free!
Secondly, the example of a coin is used. Focus is placed on the value of such coin, a prized possession to the searching woman. “‘Rejoice with me,’” she says, “‘for I have found the piece which I lost!’” (Luke 15 v 9). Here, the message is this, that the lost soul has stunning value and abundant worth. The realisation that one is loved by the Almighty Creator, fashioned by Him for an earthly purpose and eternal destiny, drives the bewildered vagrant into the arms of Father God.
Lastly, the example of a wayward son. Here, the emphasis is on the power of choice. Yes, the young man chose to leave his home. He chose to waste his inheritance on prodigal living. But, he also chose to return! Him choosing to return was all that was needed, for his father to forgive, comfort and restore. Such it is with us. We may have wandered, we may have erred, but if we choose to throw ourselves into the arms of God, He will redeem His children – no questions asked!
Today, dear friend, understand these three precious messages. Firstly, you are helpless to save yourself. Secondly, our God loves and treasures you exceedingly. Lastly, you can choose, whether to run away from Him or into His arms. Choose Him today. There is no better choice! This simple truth Mavis Fazi experienced first-hand at our MDANTSANE Gospel Crusade in May 2013. Be encouraged by her testimony below.
Yours in His service,
Upon receiving a flyer advertising the upcoming Gospel Crusade, Mavis’ curiosity was aroused. Somehow, this 58-year-old grandmother of four felt as though this was the place she needed to be to receive deliverance from the frustrations that had been plaguing her for so long. Having struggled with back pains for decades, she felt hopeless and helpless. “This issue has been troubling me since 1989. I could not do anything for myself and this left me feeling so discouraged. During the healing prayer I felt a sudden relief. I saw a vision of a man in white lifting me up. Now, I am healed! I feel transformed, I am hopeful again!” Mavis also accepted Jesus as her Lord and Saviour. What a life-changing night it was for her, running into the arms of her new-found Saviour!
Tamryn is the founder of In His Name Ministries, an evangelistic organisation dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Africa and the world. Find her on Facebook under Tamryn Klintworth or visit the ministry website at: www.inhisname.org.za