Is it possible that you have been unaware that God is seeking you? Some may have an idea about God, whereas there is not a comprehension of that personal and intimate relationship that can be established. It is to that end that we address some thoughts from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 15.
Doctor Luke calls our attention to an occasion in which people, the “tax collectors and sinners” gathered to listen to Jesus. He, Jesus, (Human and Devine) was aware that the Pharisees and the Scribes were perturbed, and they were saying: “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
Naturally, the Savior of mankind made it a point to put before them the actual concern of His presence: “What man among you, if has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he find it?”
The story continues: “When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”
“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.’”
“In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
And He said: “A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them. And not many days later the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. Now when had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. So he went and hired himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him.” (Living in poverty makes the world wonder who our father is.)
“But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger!’ I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.’”
The story continues with the father spotting his son returning and embracing him. He celebrated with a great feast and gave him: “a robe”, (For his covering) a “ring” on his hand, (Unity) sandals on his feet, (Walk in newness).
The father received him back and forgave him! He described this restoration: “We had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.”
We have repeated an experience of one in a hundred, one in ten, and one in two. The Savior waits with open arms to embrace you as He did them and me.