My first weekend as a freshman at college,
I met a girl named Eliza,
and we clicked immediately.
She was the earthy, granola type & seemed like she could hold her own in the wilderness,
which I thought was real cool.
As we chatted about about our similar passions for missions & human trafficking,
I knew I had found a kindred spirit.
As the year went on, Eliza became a dear friend & someone who
ministered to me in a time of utter brokenness.
I saw the Gospel come alive in the way that she loved me during that season,
because even when I wanted nothing to do with community,
she fervently pursued me.
The Lord used this girl in such a practical & life-changing way.
She did daily life with me,
when it was hard, messy, & I wasn’t exactly always a joy to be around.
But that was the season I was in & she loved me through it.
As I got to know Eliza & her story,
she explained how she had no desire to come to Samford,
even up until move-in day,
but the Lord was clearly leading her there.
Then, someone asked her if she would be willing to go,
even if just for one person.
She said yes.
And on the day that Eliza told me she wouldn’t be returning to Samford for the next semester,
I hugged her & with tears flowing I knowingly told her that I was her one person.
Rather than looking around at her own circumstances,
or choosing to be discontent,
Eliza consciously decided to display the Gospel to me daily,
and my life is radically different as a result.
Jesus chose to go after the one that went astray, rather than the ninety-nine that remained,
But this concept didn’t really hit home with me until I saw myself as the one lost sheep.
In fact, every Christian was once the one lost sheep.
So who is one person in your life that needs to hear the hope of the Gospel?
Leave the masses & pursue the lost.
Search for them relentlessly.
As one who was once lost,
we are dying to be found.
“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.”