Today’s Reading – Matthew 18
What do you think?
If someone had one hundred sheep and one of them wandered off, wouldn’t he leave the ninety-nine on the hillsides and go in search for the one that wandered off?
Matthew 18:12 CEB
In the church we struggle with change. Some would argue that the church has changed since the dark ages while others would argue that church has changed way too much in the past month.
In order to reach the lost risks will have to be taken. I believe Jesus understood this when he told this story.
The 99 were safe and secure in their surroundings. It would have been easy to stay with them, but the shepherd leaves to find the lost one. He risks the comfort and ease of the 99 for the one.
Perhaps if we were willing to consider the other one instead of ourselves, we wouldn’t have worship wars and church splits over carpet color.
Then again, we would have to spend more time worried about someone else instead of ourselves.
Not sure 2000 years later, we understand this parable any better . . .