Today, I feel like telling you about the time when I was the One. The story goes like this 👇
There was a man who was very caring and hardworking. He spent his days productively in the fields, tending to his sheep. One evening, after he got home and counted his sheep, he realised there was one missing from the flock. He got very concerned and secured the remaining ninety-nine (99) sheep and decided to into the dark to search for the One.
At this time, the One was caught up in the cares of this world; namely the music that caused her to gyrate her body and the boys. Straying from the flock, she got entangled in sin, with no way out. She was depressed and had suicidal thoughts. Nothing was gratifying. The pleasures of riotous behavior only lasted for a while, fading away into regret and self-hate. Pretty soon, the One was lost with no way back. Though her body went to church on a regular basis, her mind was nowhere there.
But that faithful shepherd kept looking for and calling out to the One lost sheep. One night, he finally found her and she looked at him. The shepherd asked her to read her bible again, to remind herself of his goodness towards her. She did. Then a short while later, the shepherd came back to the spot, and asked the One to return home with him. She told him, “Tomorrow I’ll do it.”. But the shepherd knew her and told her that tomorrow will cause her to change her mind so she should do leave that very night. So the One thought about it and then said okay. She announced that she was returning to her home with the shepherd. And he rejoices for the One that was lost but had now returned home.
Jesus, the good shepherd, came into sin and darkness for me. He came when I walked out on him. He came when I was depressed and filled with internal rage. He came, even though I rejected him and the father. He came searching for me, even though he knew I was actively living in sin. So I boast about his unconditional love, his grace, and his mercy. I was the One.
This story, my story, was adapted from the story of The Lost Sheep in Matthew 18:1-14.
And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18:13-14 ESV