Doing the Father’s business or just busy?
(Edited for a quicker read)
When I saw this picture I realized that I may have spent years of ministry confusing a “busy schedule” with attending to the Father’s business. His business centered on meeting the needs of the one lost while “my” business prioritized those those who were more stable and could help sustain “my” church. Did I ever ask God “Am I busy doing your work or am I just busy?” Often we avoid the ones He accept thus failing the ones who need us the most? We invest most of our time with the ninty nine that are safe and secure and forget about the one who is missing. To the ninty nine, a focus on one stray lamb may seem an unproductive waste of our limited resources. But, to the one lost lamb it means the world. The homeless, homebound and the hurting can’t come to us. The addict, the alcoholic, the abused won’t find the right path on their own, we must go find them. Sadly though, they are “old news”, only an empty pew, forgotten by the majority. They have little relevance in our church and get only a minor consideration when we make our schedules. We know what it’s like to hear the applause of the ninty nine but can we hear the cries of the “one” that is lost? Maybe we will never really know what that “one” feels till that “one” is us.