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Joy In Heaven

Joy In Heaven

15 January 2010

Today’s Reading: Genesis 37-38; Psalm 7; Luke 15

Scripture:

Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue. (Luke 15:7 MSG)

There were a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation hanging around Jesus and really listening to what he said. The Pharisees and religion scholars were not at all pleased. Jesus loved sinners and wanted them to turn to God. Jesus loved Pharisees and wanted them to “get it,” to understand that lost people matter to God.

• Jesus said, “There’s joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life!”
• Jesus said, “God’s angels throw a party every time one lost soul turns to God!”
• Jesus said, “We have to celebrate when someone who was spiritually dead is born again to eternal life!”

Lost people matter to God. The problem is that lost people don’t always matter to God’s people like they matter to God.

God loves lost people and gets emotional about his love for them. I want to have a heart like his – a heart that is sad over the condition of lost people and happy when they turn to God.

God loves lost people and is quick to depart from “business as usual” to seek them out, bring them home, and celebrate their new life. I tend to spend more time with “found people” than with “lost people.” I want to have a heart like his – a heart that prompts me to go out of the way to be with lost people.

It’s a matter of the heart. I need a frequent heart tune-up so that my heart is like God’s heart for the lost, sad when they’re lost and deliriously happy when they’re found!

Prayer:

Father, Please tune-up my heart. I want to be motivated by what motivates and moves you. I want to be sad about what you’re sad about and happy about what brings you joy. I want lost people to matter to me like they matter to you.  Amen.

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