{Matthew 18:12-14, ESV}

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?  And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”

God never has enough of us until He has all of us.  Ninety-nine sheep weren’t enough.  Nor were nine coins.  Nor one son.  We’ve learned too easily to look at the lostness of our family and friends in statistical terms.  Ninety-nine percent; ninety percent; even fifty percent—those aren’t bad number really.  But God’s grace isn’t centered in statistics.  He intends to give until there are no more in need.  Don’t you get the feeling from the good news story that even if there had been only one lost sinner in the world, God would sill have given His son?

William Pile, What the Bible Says about Grace, p. 44

Questions to consider:

  • Why do you think God cares so much about single lost person?
  • How have you personally experienced God’s concern and compassion?
  • What is the danger in focusing on the statistical percentage of people who are saved?


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