The Shepherd Seeks His Sheep

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

Have you ever had a person tell you how they “decided to follow Jesus” or how they “found Jesus” or how they “accepted Jesus”? It is as if they had the upper hand when it came to a relationship with God, as if having that relationship is based on their sovereign power.

Good, bad or indifferent we all have a relationship with God, even the atheists (though theirs are quite different from that of the Christian.) The beautiful thing is we are not the ones who take the initial action. Our fallen nature causes us to not want a relationship with God. To have one means He is in charge and that we are held accountable for what we do or do not do. It means we cannot be God.

It is only the Holy Spirit that changes all of this when He engenders faith in us, convicts us of our sin and drive us to refuge in Christ. We never create or initiated this faith, and I would even dare to say “Thank God” because His pursuit of us, His coming to us, His seeking us out is a sign of His love and of our importance to Him. We are so important that He sent His only son to die for us in order to reconcile us unto Himself! What greater proof that God wants to be in a relationship with us could there be?

When the world looks black to us and it seems that we are loved by no one, His pursuit of us, His seeking us out, His gathering us in his fold is a sure sign we are loved and not alone.

Holy Lord: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, though we dwelt in deepest darkness, you sought us out to save us from sin, death, and the Devil. You sent your Son to bring us home, to return us to your flock, not because we deserved it but because you love us. Continue to pursue us, to find us when we stray and to bring us back to your righteous path, in Jesus name,  AMEN.