“And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”
Matthew 18:13-14 KJV
I remember an incident growing up when my mother woke up us girls to find a sum of money that was allegedly lost . At the time , and thinking about it even today , the sum of money was not significant in my eyes to warrant waking up the entire household. We searched frantically for the lost sum and eventually , she remembered that she gave the money away earlier in the day .
The heart of my mother parallels the heart of the father as it relates to people who are lost and are in need of a saviour. If we place one hundred coins on the table and one is lost , it may not occur to us to leave the ninety-nine in search of one coin . Think about leaving ninety-nine just to search for one . I would already fear that I would lose the other ninety- nine in pursuit of just one coin . Ninety-nine would be more valuable in this case than that one coin, yet the heart of the father is the heart that none should be lost . The value of one soul is precious that he would leave the ninety-nine others in search of one soul. The ninety-nine sheep would bring great rejoicing but one lost sinner would bring more rejoicing because it is God’s will that none would perish .
No wonder Jesus said the greatest in the kingdom of heaven would be the one who is humble like a little child (Matthew 18:4). It is great to take pride in great numbers and great achievements of many other people who are already in God’s Kingdom, but what about that one person who needs to hear something to lead them back to God?
The God of many is also the God of that one .