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“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing…” Luke 15:4-5

There is a whole journey of following Jesus, and growing in Jesus, but the Christian life begins with a definite return to Jesus as the Shepherd, Owner, Overseer, Lord of your life.

You see this all over the Bible, but let’s look first at Luke 15, where Jesus told the parable of the lost sheep. The shepherd went and found it, laid it on his shoulders, and brought it home. There was a definite return. The sheep was lost, but now it is found. The reason the sheep was no longer lost is that it was now under the direction of the shepherd.

Then Jesus told another story about a lost son. This son went into a far country and indulged himself in reckless living. Then there was a great famine, and he said to himself, “I will arise, and go to my father” (15:18). He decided to return. And when he returned, he planned to say to his father, “I have sinned against heaven and before you” (15:18).

Returning to the father meant leaving his life of sin. Charles Spurgeon said about this story, “He [the Prodigal Son] left the swine-trough: more, he left the wine cup, and he left the harlots. He did not go with the harlot on his arm, and the wine cup in his hand, and say, ‘I will take these with me, and go to my father.’ It could not be. These were all left, and though he had not goodness to bring, yet he did not try to keep his sins and come to Christ.”

Are you ready to leave your life of sin and return to your heavenly Father?