The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 5 March 2023 – The Worth Of A Soul
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TOPIC: The Worth Of A Soul
READ: Luke 15: 1-10 (KJV)
1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
In life, many prized possessions exist such as certificates, employment papers, foreign passports, ATM cards, high denominations of money, title deeds etc, When such things get lost, all methods are employed to find them because of their value. The Shepherd in the Parable of the lost sheep left behind 99 sheep who were probably more mature and could stay on their own, risked his life until he found the lost sheep. He laid it on his shoulder, rejoiced and called for celebration. Likewise, the woman lost a piece of silver out of ten pieces; made a diligent search until she found it.
These parables in our text depicts the commitment of the Lord in seeking and saving even one lost soul. It is God’s will to have all men saved (1 Timothy 2: 4). Souls are very important to God. The worth of a soul is so valuable that Jesus left His glories in heaven, came down on earth and sacrificed His life at Calvary to save man. The angels also rejoice greatly when just one soul repents and comes back to God (Luke 15: 7). Likewise Christians should be greatly committed towards helping sinners and backsliders to come back to God. Are you committed like Jesus to give such people your time, visitation, passionate prayers, tender care and love to bring them back to God?
PRAYER: Lord, please open my eyes to the worth of a soul. Give me a compassionate heart and commitment towards soul winning in Jesus’ name Amen.