Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:3-7
Since before time began, God has been about joy. It was out of his immense joy that he created the earth and humanity to share in his joy forever with him.
Since sin entered the world at the hands of humans who wanted to be their own god, God has been about rescuing. He is still about rescuing people from their own path to destruction, and bringing them back into full joy of a relationship with him.
Have you had that moment? That moment where you realized, like the prodigal son, that you were heading the wrong way and needed to turn back to God? Oh the joy found when you realize he is not mad or holding a grudge but running up to you and planning a party. If you have not had that moment, you can have it today.
Have you lost the joy of that moment? Or the urgency of helping others to have that moment? We serve a God of joy and a God who saves. He has immense joy for you when you join him in his business of being about the restoration of all mankind. We must remember what we have been saved from so that we will be about what we have been saved to do. This is for our joy. God doesn’t have to use us but he does. Let us remember the joy of our salvation this week as we learn more about our God who is not done saving until all have heard and had the choice to respond.