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The Parable of The Lost Sheep Made Simple

(Luke 15:4-7)

I hope that you will enjoy what I've got to say to you today about the parable of The Lost Sheep. If you have been in church for a while, you've probably heard this parable preached quite a few times. I hope that as you watch this video or read this in the book, this brings new insight and revelation to you. And I hope to leave you with a feeling of joy, peace and encouragement in the Lord.

The Bible says we are all sheep. Jesus identified Himself as the Good Shepherd; He said that He is the door and we are His sheep. We are to know His voice and not follow another person's voice.
Now, Jesus said in the parable that He leads the people into good pasture. In Psalm 23, He makes us lie down in green pastures and lead us to a source of water. He corrects us and guides us with His staff. He is indeed the Good Shepherd.

Let’s read it. I will share with you from verse 1 of Luke 15.
“Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him; and the Pharisees and the scribes complain saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So He spoke this parable to them.”

One of the reasons Jesus shared this parable was because the Pharisees and the scribes complained; “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” And why did they say this? Because then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to hear Him.
Let's put it another way. Let us just say I came to your city to speak at a convention and I was going speak on using the gift of prophecy, powerful evangelism and interpreting people's dreams. I was also going teach on a couple of other supernatural things.
Imagine that you’d gather to the conference and the venue was full of New Age people; they were openly gay, prostitutes and pedophiles. There were people in there that came to learn the gifts of prophecy and dream interpretation; but they had been abusing children. There was a 15-year old girl who was in the sex trade.
And yet, I would not rebuke these people. I would not, you know, blow them up for their lifestyle. I wouldn’t tell them to stop being a tax collector. Instead I would teach them the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I'd baptize in the Holy Spirit and release the spiritual gifts in their lives. Who am I? They haven’t even cleaned up their lives. I haven't even told them to repent!

How would you feel? You pay your conference money and all those free loaders are in there, taking up my time. You've got questions for me. You want a one-on-one time with me. You're important. You do everything right. You've been a Christian all your life. You've come. You wanted to move in signs and wonders and here I am sitting down with the worst sinners in the world. How do you feel?

If you honestly consider what I have shared, you might be feeling very put out by me at the conference and you might very well be feeling exactly how the Pharisees were feeling with Jesus when He told this parable.

Well, Jesus told this parable, 4"What man of you has a hundred sheep if he loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders rejoicing. 6And goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together saying to them, 'Rejoice with me; for I found my lost sheep, one which was lost.' 7I say to you that likewise there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”(Luke 15)

There was a time when I had an addiction to prostitutes. I used them weekly or fortnightly, depending on when I got paid. Every week or every fortnight I was blowing a large portion of my money on a very attractive prostitute. That was a sin that kept me on a lot of condemnation; a sin that kept me away from church for fifteen years. I mean, you don't go to church every week when you're doing that sort of sin. And for five years, I was going to church while still practicing that sin. But God healed me up sufficiently and took out the hurt out of my life so that I could walk out of that sin.

I was in the middle of this addiction one day; I was going through King’s Cross with the famous red light district of Sydney. I saw some girls singing choruses on a corner where all the major heroin deals were done. I went up to these seven girls and I said, "You know, this is really amazing. You're in the heaviest place in the city, but I want to encourage you that I can see in the spirit like a canopy over you; it’s just like, you know, Maxwell Smart’s Cone of Silence over you. This is a supernatural protection all over you; you’re entirely safe and you don't have to worry.
And they said "Yeah, we know we don't have to worry."
I said. “Can I pray for you?”
They all said, "Yes" and I prayed for them.
And then one of the girls said "Can we pray for you?"
"Okay," And we got to the third girl praying. She said “Thus saith the Lord, ‘I'm going to send you into a dark place, a place where angels fear to tread and I want you to take my joy and love into that place and share it with the people. Tell them that I love them. Give them treats, spend time with them and shine my light.’’
What Jesus was telling me to go into was one of the strip joints/brothels where girls strip. Then when all the men got excited, the girls came down and invited them upstairs to pay prostitution rates. And yet Jesus was telling me to go into this brothel, get to know these people and be friendly to the prostitutes and the strippers.
That wasn't hard for me, but I was always scared of doing it because I wasn’t going to be a client, I was going to be a witness there for Christ. I was scared because I had heard of people being killed in there.

So anyway, I was at a church after two weeks of not going there. The Pastor said to me, “Stand on your feet.” And he said exactly the same prophecy. “I'm going send you into a little place where angels fear to tread.”

Well, I went into that brothel and stayed in that place for a year. Now, while I was in that place, I met a practicing prostitute who was into Buddhism. And she confessed to me that her parents went to a local church in Coffs Harbour, the country town where I came from. When I went back up to Coffs Harbour, I told the Pastor that one of the daughters of one the men in this church abused his daughter and she's now working as a prostitute and involved in Buddhism in Kings Cross. I had a lot of hurt and pain in my life; and I shouted that out in the meeting in anger. It wasn't the nicest scene.
This girl in the brothel who reached out to me became one of my friends. But there I was - lost. I was a lost sheep myself, stuck in my own addictions as I ministered God's love.

Surely, when it comes to this parable, I can relate. Hurting people need people like me to go into their dark places to minister to those who are far away from Jesus. We all need a shepherd. We all need a Christian. Some of the shepherds, some of the Pastors are too busy. The broken world needs people like you to come out and rescue those broken sheep and bring them back to the flock. That's what the parable of the ninety nine sheep is all about.
In the midst of my sin, in the darkest part of my life, at a time where I wasn't even attending church, Jesus sent me to minister to the hardest, most wicked, most violent club in Kings Cross, Australia. And He protected me. The girls used to weep; they were so touched. Just buying them a $2 chocolate bar would bring them to tears. And me, a lost sheep, I was ministering too. I was never really lost, you know.

In the worst of my depravity, I still had Jesus. He was still talking to me. The good shepherd was still with me. I had to get pretty bad for Jesus not to talk to me. The only way Jesus didn't talk to me was when I told him I didn't want Him to talk to me. And then, you know, months later, He'd interrupt me and play me a song in my mind. And once again we were talking and I was crying again. I suffered so much pain, you know. Why have I got so much revelation in the parables of Jesus?

I hope that in sharing my story, I have touched you. Not everyone can go into a strip club or a brothel and minister to broken girls. Not everyone would have the ability to do that. But do you know there are lost sheep everywhere? There are people in your workplace, at your gym, and at the café that you go to. People have left Jesus and left religion to do their own thing and God needs people like us to wrap our arms around them and bring them back to Jesus.

Don’t be too quick to judge people. Some atheists have spent more time reading the Bible than us and have got their own personal reasons why they don’t walk with Christ. We all need to be little-Christ’s to people and to go out and love them where they are at.

I often look at the time I ministered to those girls in the brothel and wonder why God chose me, a self confessed addict to prostitutes. And all I can come up with is that He knew that I would love them for who they were and if I wasn’t sleeping with them I would be a very good friend to them. I think back to those times and consider it a miracle that even in a time when I wasn’t going to church each week, I was still being used by God to show His love.

I have said it once before, but it bears repeating. People have got till their very last breath on earth to accept Jesus, and we don’t need to rush the gospel at every person we know, but simply to reach out to them and love them like Jesus loved the sinners and the tax collectors. God can and will use you in His great plans to save people and you do not need to be an evangelist to save them. He can use just a little book like this.

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