“And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” – Luke 15:3-7
The scriptures say that all of heaven rejoices over one lost sinner that is found and brought to God through repentance. What a beautiful image that paints. The angels shouting, the saints cheering, and God smiling.
I’ve heard it said that God’s heart is broken for His lost children the way an earthly parent’s heart breaks at the loss of one of their own, only for God the hurt is multiplied by the millions and perhaps even billions of lost and rebellious people in this world. Therefore, when one of God’s children is found and that soul is brought back to Him, there is rejoicing in heaven because it alleviates God’s pain, just a little. The rejoicing is not so much for us, as to say that we are something so grand that all of heaven would cheer us, but rather the rejoicing is for God because one of His kids has come home, and on this day, His heart hurts a little less.
Wow, what a humbling prospective of salvation, to realize the pain we have caused God in our rebellion, and what a motivation to help find more of His lost children and bring them back to Him. What will you do to help ease the heart of God? If we do not care enough about each other to put forth the effort to save our spiritual siblings from eternal separation from God in hell’s fire, then we ought to at least care enough about the brokenness of our Heavenly Father to join the search party for His lost kids. If only to help ease His grieving heart, just a little.