Tuesday: 13th August, 2019

Reference text: Matthew

Matthew 18:12 What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?

When a proposal is laid on the table for consideration, one must often be ready to lay aside any sentimental or emotional attachments to specific projects to make an objective assessment of the proposal. Thus, to Jesus’ question: ‘would someone leave ninety-nine sheep behind in search of one?’, while I am unaware of where you stand, my answer would have been a NO! For it makes no real logical sense to leave 99 behind in search of one – at least not according to the numbers game.

Bearing in mind the fact that you cannot have it both ways and that it is either or, before reading on beyond this paragraph, take into account the proposal as it is stated. Alongside all other factors you can think of, clarify what your decision would be as shepherd of a hundred sheep:

Would you go searching for one strayed sheep or would you stay with the remaining ninety-nine?

For Jesus, his answer leaned towards going in search for the one, and for that choice, He had His reasons: ‘there was more fulfilment and rejoicing in finding the missing one than staying with the ninety-nine. That reason is acceptable and one we can also use.

It is very tempting to latch on to the reasons behind some of the choices made by others to justify our very own. We seem to forget that for the very same decisions, the reasons offered for them could be different and we are unlikely to make the same choices as others will, even under the same circumstances.

So my dear, don’t become too dependent on the choices of others because

there will be many defining moments in your life when you will have no examples to fall back on, no set course to follow.

Then, you will have to make decisions and offer your reasons for them.


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