Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalm 27:14
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Excerpt #4 Pastor Steve Wuori 10/08/09

And the story that he tells that is associated with this is a familiar one, concerning the hundred sheep, one of them gone astray, doesn't he leave the ninety and nine to go into the mountains and seek the one that is gone astray? And if he does find it, verily, I say unto you, he rejoices more in that sheep than the ninety and nine that went not astray? You almost have to look at this same account in the Gospel of Luke to understand exactly what he is saying, because he actually says that this is what this story means and that is that if there are one hundred in the wilderness, in the wild, in the world, living where we live, ninety and nine need no repentance, but one needs repentance. That there is more rejoicing in heaven over that one what repents than over the ninety and nine who need no repentance.

Where is your heart this evening, where is my heart this evening? Where is the heart of anyone that may be here this evening, who has not tasted of the goodness of God, to whom God is just a concept, a thought, a figurehead, a figure of mystery, where you feel that basically you are a good person, that if you were stacked up against others in our society, you would be at least somewhere in the middle, maybe on the high end even, in terms of how good a person you are, how little bad you do. Are you one of the ninety and nine or are you that one, who as the publican, as he went to pray, could only pray, "Lord, be merciful to me a sinner". Remember that there is great rejoicing in heaven, when the Word of God is needed, when the Lord Jesus Christ is needed, when there is even one heart out of an hundred, even one heart that needs forgiveness, that desires to repent, that has godly sorrow for all that they are and all that they do. There is great rejoicing in heaven over that one. And we think that he must be done with the children, but he isn't quite, because he says it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

When we think of the love that Jesus has for children, let us treat them very carefully. We so much take them for granted, as they run around, they make noise, they are a lot of work, and yet, how precious they are, Jesus has said so, we don't have to say that. We don't have to decide that, for Jesus has told us how precious these little ones are. So as we delve now into the adult part of this text we have before us, let us remember that the little children watch, they listen, they hear, they see. Let us remember that all that we do as adults we must reflect upon the effect upon the children. How is their heart being affected? Is it being uplifted in joy? Are they seeing humility and restoration and peace? Or are they seeing strife, confusion and anger?

Pastor Steve Wuori
Posted on 08 Oct 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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