Luke 15:3-7 – 3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 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. (NIV)
The title comes from my favorite story arc from the anime One Piece by Eiichiro Oda. Luffy, head of the straw hat pirates, went through constant battles with friends and foes and the sea to reach the world government building, Enies Lobby, to rescue his crewmate Robin. She left his crew thinking she was doing great sacrifice to protect her friends but Luffy rather make war with the World Government than lose her. He just need to hear that she wanted to be rescued. It made me think of the Parable of the Lost Sheep that Jesus taught us.Jesus told us that if we had lost one of our sheep out of the hundred that we have that we would naturally leave the ninety-nine to find the one that left the flock. Once found we would rejoice and let the world know that we found our lost sheep. This was one of Jesus’s many allegories comparing us to sheep and the shepherd to God. That he is fervently looking for us and waiting for us to return to his flock. It reminded me of Luffy as he pushed through the adversity just so he can bring back one of his crewmate, his flock and wanted to bring her back. Our God wants to meet you where you are. He wants you to come back to the fold. God loves you and he made the ultimate sacrifice by giving up his son (John 3:16).
But there’s another idea that comes to this story. Luffy and his crew stopped at the doorway to the tower of justice. Luffy was waiting for Robin to say she wanted to be rescued. That she wanted to live. Sometimes we as people want to do things our own way. We think we know what’s best for us but many times we don’t. But I can assure you if you choose to lean on God and not on your own will things will work out better. (Proverbs 3:5) God will always be there in your corner waiting for you to come but you have to come to him. Tell God today that you want to live for him. I can’t guarantee life will be easier. But you will have the greatest ally that the world could ever know. If God be for you who could be against you. (Romans 8:31). Come to Him and you will never regret it. Just like Robin with Luffy and the Strawhat Crew.
Heavenly Father, I thank you that you are always chasing after me. That you are always fight for me in my corner. I want to live for you and depend on you to get me through the struggles of life. Thank you for never leaving me nor forsaking me. In Jesus name, Amen.