Last Tuesday, the company working to recover my computer files called. “Come see what we were able to retrieve. We couldn’t save everything.”
I mentally brought each important file before the Lord. “Please save this one and this one,” I prayed.
To have my lost computer data restored would bring me greater joy than I had ever felt having it in the first place. I understood what Jesus meant when he said, “I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance (Luke 15:7 ESV).
It isn’t that Jesus doesn’t appreciate those who walk with Him. He enjoys us deeply. But He yearns for those who are presently lost. To lose even one that He created and died to rescue is heart-breaking.
Jesus told stories of a lost sheep, a lost coin, and a lost son to illustrate the effort we’ll expend to find what is lost and the tremendous joy restoration brings. In the last story, a rebellious son demanded his inheritance and then squandered it in “wild living” in distant places (Luke 15:11-32). When a severe famine came, hunger brought him to his senses. He remembered his father and started home.
His father saw him coming and “ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” The father didn’t even wait to hear his son’s rehearsed confession.
But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate” (Lk. 15:22-24 NIV).
The hymn “Amazing Grace” says, “I once was lost but now am found.” When our strategies failed to fill our empty souls, we too woke up hungry for more. Our Father noticed and ran to meet us. The angels danced.
The Father sings over His restored children (Zeph. 3:17). But He still longs for those who are lost.The Father still longs for the children who are lost. Click To Tweet
Thanksgiving is a time for family reunions. If you’ve wandered away from Jesus, why not return to Him today? He aches for your return.
If you have never invited Jesus into your life, give God a reason to party right now. Simply acknowledge your need for Jesus and receive His forgiveness.
Dear Jesus, I’ve messed up in many ways. I believe You died and rose again for my sins. Please forgive me for all of my wrongs. Come into my life and make me into the the person You want me to be. Amen.
Thanksgiving and Joy!
The tech handed me my computer. I clicked the important files I’d asked God to rescue. One by one they opened. I thanked God for each one. It didn’t matter that the formatting was skewed. They were back!
Look around you this Thanksgiving. Who and what do you never want to lose? Maybe, like my files, they need some work. But you’re thankful you have them. We don’t have to lose something to celebrate.
Perhaps someone will be missing from your table. Thank God that He’s still in the business of restoring what is lost. Giving thanks unleashes joy.Giving thanks releases joy. #Thanksgiving Click To Tweet
Question: What are three things you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving?
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