Mini Post: You Are More

I want you to know that you are more than the things you’ve done, the feelings you have, and the people you’ve hurt. I want you to know that there is hope for you, you can be saved, and no matter how bad you think things have gotten, the Lord loves you.

Before I continue, I’d like you to watch the following music video by Tenth Avenue North, called “You Are More”.

So many of us have things we would write on that chalk board. Things about us that we are not proud of, or things that we believe God would be angry at us for. There are some of us that believe there are things in this world that make us undeserving of being saved. Those people are wrong. There is one unforgivable sin and if you doubt yourself, you aren’t guilty of it.

The Lord loves you unconditionally, we are all his sheep. You’ve simply wandered off, but he isn’t just a good shepherd, he is the best shepherd. The Lord is the only shepherd that will never fail you, the only shepherd that will find you anywhere. The Lord is the only shepherd with the strength to move mountains to bring you back, or to reach you in the deepest darkest pit you have found yourself in. The Lord can bring light to any darkness, he can bring good out of any bad, he can remold any masterpiece and make you new again. You are not too far gone for him.

You can come back from anything. You are not alone. You ARE loved!

As the chalk board was washed clean, we too were washed clean by the blood of Christ. He died so we would not have to.

I want you to know that the good news is real, the hope is real. When the Lord told the story of the wandering sheep, he wanted us to know that no matter how far we go, he will just be that much more happy when we return. Below are three similar scriptures, with two being of the same situation:

Matthew 18:10-14
10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. [11] [a]

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? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

Luke 15:1-7
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Luke 15:11-32
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “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. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

If you’ve wandered off, come back! You are welcome and you are loved.

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