Through Jesus’ continuing use of the sheep/shepherd metaphor we learn some important things about God’s involvement in peoples’ lives. Jesus echoed what the ancient Scriptures spoke of. What is a good shepherd?
God says that this is what is in his heart towards people. Ezekiel described 4 characteristics that are consistent with Jesus’ leadership. As Jesus’ followers, have these values started to grow in us?
1. God searches for the lost
2. God brings back the strays
3. God binds up the injured
4. God strengthens the weak
Jesus spoke of 1 in 100 that were lost. 1% was serious enough for the shepherd to leave his associates in charge of the 99% so the 1 could be found and brought back. Maybe Jesus modestly speaks about 1% since the leaders probably thought was their statistic for losing followers. They may not have comprehended how many lost sheep there were.
One lost sheep is all it takes to move God’s heart to action. As we think about those who have drifted away from God’s family, I am suspicious of the statistics here. I am thinking that 1% is too modest a number in counting the losses. The problem of lost sheep should cause us to actively engage in search and rescue.