This is my favorite artistic rendering of the Good Shepherd and the lost lamb. To me, it shows Christ’s immense love for us, and the great lengths He will go to – to try to rescue us and to bring us back into His fold again. Like the lamb in this picture, we can really get ourselves into a spiritual “pickle” sometimes, by taking His great love for granted – by neglecting to nourish our relationship with our Lord, our King, our Brother, our Love, our Best Friend.
On the other hand, forget for a moment about our own personal salvation. How concerned are we for the salvation of others? What do we do to try to bring the lost sheep in our own circle of family and friends – in our workplace – to Jesus, the Good Shepherd? I don’t know if Christ’s return is imminent. Surely, events in our times could point to that, but I also know that our time is not God’s time. He can see past, present and future all at once. What is the blink of an eye for Him may be years for us. What I do know is that regardless of whether Jesus returns in our lifetimes, our own death and resurrection will surely come, and life passes very quickly.
Do we witness God’s great love and mercy to those we come into contact with daily? Do we not only talk about it, but live it? Do we persevere in prayer for conversions? Do we offer up our daily work, joy and sufferings for the conversion of souls? Do we really care about the souls of our adoptive brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world?What more can we do to help bring in the lost sheep? Can we commit ourselves more fully to being used by God in ANY way that He sees fit? A bit scary? Afraid of what He might ask? I promise you that whatever He asks, He will give you the grace to do!
Just think about it…and pray. Have a blessed day, friends!