The Outcast: Who Wandered Away.

Our good Shepherd doesn’t just rush out to find the popular or favored sheep. He rushes out to find the outcast, the lonely, the afflicted, the broken, and the one who felt unworthy and insignificant. He rushes out to find this one particular sheep, even though He had many. Because , this is the one who stands in need.

They are the:

broken.
afflicted.
poor.
leaper standing in the street.
beggar crying in the street.
comfortless.
overlooked.

This is the one that the good Shepherd diligently and purposely rushes out to find, comfort, save, and bring back home to His flock. It isn’t about the quota or perfect score. It is about this one who stands (or perhaps crawls) in utter brokenness and needs the Savior- no matter what their situation is.

“Look at it this way. If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them
wanders off, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine and go after the one?
And if he finds it, doesn’t he make far more over it than over the ninety-nine
who stay put? Your Father in heaven feels the same way.
He doesn’t want to lose even one of these simple believers.”
(Matthew 18:12-14, The Message)

My needs.
Your needs.
They don’t go unnoticed.
We may not be the “popular”.
We may be the outcast.

But, imagine, how treasured we are by the Heavenly Father. He chases after us, and continues to pursue us… even if He is the only One who seems to be pursuing us. He is the only One we need to be pursued by!

We are loved. We are beautiful to our Father. We are cared for. He longs to carry us in His arms. He longs to comfort, and bestow upon us the hope only He can give. In all of God’s family,  there is none like us. We may not be others’ favorite, but we are deeply loved and cherished by the Father. We can’t look to the temporary, and forget that important and eternal truth!

We are His.
We are loved by God the Father. None can love us or look after us like God can.

“Your beauty and love chase after me
    every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
    for the rest of my life.”
-Psalm 23:6, The Message

Reflection Questions:

1. Do you sense God’s pursuing you?
2. Where do you turn, when you feel like “the outcast”?