One of our network partners shared a photograph recently (shout out to: As You Are | Sacramento)
along with this caption: “At a recent outreach we had a table of gifts and JLS Bibles and devos for the women. One dancer came over, picked up a Bible, looked at it, and proclaimed, “That’s right, Jesus does love strippers!”
One dancer. There are what seems to be more than a dozen bags there. I’m sure this partner has been on more than a dozen outreaches and yet she shares that “one dancer” came over, picked up a Jesus Loves Stripper’s Bible and proclaimed that it’s true “Jesus does love strippers!”
Jesus went after the one. In the book of Luke, chapter 15 verses 1-6, he tells the parable of the Shepherd and the lost sheep of his flock.
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Then Jesus told them this parable: “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? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
We need to remember we are called to love and put in every effort to love those who are not a part of the flock even more-so than those within the flock. We go to many clubs and we see many people and often times we can become discouraged if we are not seeing an abundance of return or response—but we have to remember that we go because we are called to go in love and not with an agenda or to bring back a numbers report to our followers.
If ONE person receives the truth of God’s love for them, then we’ve been successful.
Keep going. Keep loving. Keep believing.