the one percent

What will somebody do who has a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine on the hillsides and go off to find the stray? [Matthew 18:14 CJB]

How do you think that you would have reacted to the lost sheep?
  • A bean counting accountant might have written the sheep off as a loss.
  • The manager of a sports team might have replaced it with another.
  • Corporate executives might see it as the cost of doing business.
There are so many ways that people react to the loss of the 1%.
Here is how Jesus say that a real leader responds:
God’s shepherd goes to look for that one lost sheep, and when he finds her, he is happier about her return than he is about the 99 who stayed put.
These are such telling words about the heart of God towards the 1%.
They inform us about the intrinsic value that each of us have in God's eyes.
And teach us that no one is unworthy to be sought out with love and compassion.

Much is made of the forgotten 'one percent' in society these days.
I think that this passage reminds us that we must care deeply about them.
In reality, our call is seek out and help those who have gotten lost in our culture.

Help me Lord. Give me eyes filled with compassion that I might see those who are invisible.

... this devotion is part of the Red Letters series. Click here to read more.