Week Five – Day 3
TODAY’S FAST – Daniel Fast (Fruits, vegetables, nuts and water only)
Read Luke 15:1-32
Missing kids. When we see their faces, our hearts are moved. We hurt for them and their brokenhearted parents. Whether it’s the large display at the store or the bulletin board at the post office, when we see the names and faces and ages, we want to do something. We wish desperately we could bring them home. We know that there is an enormous gaping hole in their families that can only be filled with the return of their beloved children. If there was anything we could do to find these missing children and return them to their parents, we would.
Imagine your child is missing. Now imagine someone knows your child is missing and knows how to return them home. Wouldn’t you want that person to be compassionate and proactive, rather than lazy and indifferent?
You can be that person who helps to bring lost children home. If you’re a Christian, you know God’s lost children and you know the way for them to return home. The world is full of God’s missing kids, people who have run away from their loving, brokenhearted heavenly Father. Imagine a bulletin board in heaven with pictures of all the faces of those who have not yet come home to God through Jesus Christ. The Father longs for them. His heart aches for them.
In Luke 15, we see a man who is glad to find his missing sheep and a woman who celebrates when she finds her missing coin. But the one story where we see God running is when his long lost child returns home.
When we boldly and faithfully share Jesus with others, we play an active role in bringing lost children home to their Father. He runs to meet us, and another child who was lost is found. And we get to be part of a huge celebration with God, the angels in heaven, and all the family of Christ.
Pray for God to burden your heart for the lost as His heart is burdened for the lost.
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!? Luke 15:17 NIV