God Will Never Let You Go Matthew 18:10-14

“If a shepherd has 100 sheep and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the 99 on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?”

Matthew 18:12

  To God, nobody is a lost cause; to God all people no matter what they have done are precious and beloved by God. Every once in a while, some more than others, we do things that we regret and sometimes what we do makes us feel unworthy of even God’s love. When we judge ourselves and others by human standards, we often leave the witness of Jesus the Christ out of the equation. The Christian church this week enters into the season of Lent, a time of reflection and introspection, a time of considering the amazing grace and mercy of God. Far from a condemning God, God seeks out especially those who have lost their way in life, and celebrates their return. Jesus says according John 3:17, “God did not come into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world may be saved through him.” You will never go far enough away that God will not seek you out; you will never do something that when you turn back to God’s everlasting arms that you will not be welcomed back home. You are celebrated and loved by God, no matter who you are and no matter how far sin has taken you astray. When we confess who we are, we begin to understand that the one “who never slumbers nor sleeps” is with us always, even when we do or say dumb things. The world may turn its back on you, but God never will. Take comfort and be convinced that there is nothing, absolutely nothing that will separate you from “the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39) Thank you Jesus for seeking us out and loving us enough to find us, no matter how far we have strayed from you.

Pastor Tom