So, we bought an Airpot (see picture) for our toddler group at the church. We were short on helpers and we realized that if we bought and filled this with hot water that it would save a helper having to make drinks. Genius huh! We certainly have our moments.
The Airpot made life much easier and everything was great until we came to use it one week and the pump was missing. We spent a considerable amount of time searching for it, we asked people where it was but it was nowhere to be found.
Eventually we were about to give up and buy a new one when, yes you have guessed it, someone found the pump at the back of a cupboard.
We rejoiced and we were happy. The pump was important to us and we were glad it had been found.
Jesus said, 12 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? 13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! 14 In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish. (Matthew 18)
I really wanted to find the pump, but eventually I gave up. The Airpot didn’t cost a lot and so it was easier to give up and buy a new one. I’m glad that Jesus values us more highly than this, he doesn’t give up on one of us because he has 99 followers still with him. Jesus pursues us and he never gives up on us. His love for us is never-ending.
Jesus rejoices when we become his.
Every person is significant and valued.
You are loved more than you know.
Jesus is looking for you. Do you want to be found or are you playing hard to get?