“But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.’” Luke 15:2.
“’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 15:7.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Genesis 37-38, Psalm 7, and Luke 15.
Am I now seeing this story right?
I always thought that the ninety-nine sheep represented believers.
I saw the story in context this evening and I believe that in the story Jesus is once again finding fault with the Pharisees. How? They had been complaining that Jesus was interested in spending time with “sinners.”
The point is that of course Jesus would rather be with sinners because they had a quality that the Pharisees didn’t: they realized that they were sinners. The sinners needed Him. The Pharisees didn’t.
I will always need God. I cannot get my life right in His sight without a permanent attachment to Him.
In a day of busyness, I have been loose from Him.
To keep myself mindful of Him, I like to repeat, “God, where are You in this moment and what do You want me to see and do?” When I stop asking that question, I know that I’ve drifted away from letting Him control me.
God wants my full attention. He insists that I be mindful of Him. If I allow myself to drift away from Him, I forget my perpetual neediness. I imagine that my ways are His Ways……and they aren’t.
I must always be the one who is needy. I must cry out to Him and plead for His rescue during my day.
“Lord, I need You every second. Forgive me for living apart from You. Take my life over now. I surrender it to You. Direct my paths. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”
Sinners need God.