Twas a sheep, not a lamb that strayed away
In the parable, Jesus told,
A grown-up sheep that strayed away
From the ninety and nine in the fold.
And why for the sheep should we seek
And earnestly hope and pray?
Because there is danger when sheep go wrong;
They lead the lambs astray.
Lambs will follow the sheep, you know,
Wherever the sheep may stray.
When sheep go wrong, it won’t take long
Til the lambs are as wrong as they.
And so with the sheep, we earnestly plead
For the sake of the lambs today,
For when sheep are lost, what a terrible cost
The lambs will have to pay!
As I was writing these years VBS curriculum I was reminded of this poem and even though it is a little deep for younger children it is a very understandable reminder that this is why sheep that stray can do such damage to lambs.
It breaks my heart deeply to see the hurt and/ or misguiding of believers. It really does break my heart and I believe it breaks the Good Shepherds heart also.
Any person who has called on the name of Jesus to be forgiven and has faith in that healing but does not keep His words, commands is one that goes astray and like the Good Shepherd we are to be one that goes in Love and shares Truth in hopes that the sheep will come into the fold again.
If you have stepped away from the fold just know that the shepherd is always waiting to welcome you back and longs to see you return. And in that returning, it says you repent and follow what God has for you to live in peace and unity with His flock.
I am a firm believer in that there is nothing God can not overcome or make good out of it only we had faith to believe He can by trusting His commands to produce the promises that HE promised.
I have seen a many a sheep hurting and refusing to return, caught in a miry muck of sin and I know from experience that there is a better way. We just have to walk back to the fold with the Shepherd and the Good Sheperd leads that path.
Take the narrow path and find your place in the flock that protected, cared for, and never alone.