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Saturday, October 12, 2013

SEEK TILL YOU FIND IT


SEEK TILL YOU FIND IT



Luke 15:4, 8, “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? Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?


The Scripture does not say how long the shepherd sought the sheep. It just says he sought till he found it. It may have been an hour or a half a day. However, it does say until he found it! It may have been an entire day. How long I don’t know! However, I do know it was until he found it. It may have been for a week. I don’t know, but it was until he found it.

The Bible gives us no idea how long he sought but he had one sheep that was gone and he left the 99, not safely in the fold as the song says, but left them in the wilderness to seek the one lost sheep till he found it.

The Bible does not say how far he went to find the one lost sheep. He may have found him within a few feet. I don’t know but he sought till he found it. He may have had to travel a few hundred yards. I don’t know but he sought it until he found it. He may have had to travel a mile. I don’t know but he sought until he found it. He may have had to travel ten miles to find the one lost sheep. The Bible doesn’t say but he sought until he found it.

The Bible doesn’t say how dangerous it was as he sought the one lost sheep. Nothing is said of the danger in his search for the lost sheep in the Bible. Maybe he had to fight off some lion. I don’t know, but he sought it until he found it. The Bible doesn’t say whether he had to kill a bear but the Bible does say he sought the lost sheep until he found it. The Bible doesn’t say whether he had to kill serpents, but the Bible does say he sought the lost sheep until he found it. The Bible doesn’t say he had to fight some robbers along the way. I don’t know, but the Bible does say he sought it until he found it.

The Bible doesn’t say where he found the lost sheep. We don’t know, but the Bible does say he sought the lost sheep until he found it.

How long will it take the shepherd boy? I don’t know, but I know he is going to keep going until he find it. Where will he find the lost sheep? I don’t know, but I know he is going to keep going until he find it. How long is the journey for the shepherd boy? I don’t know, but I know he’s going to keep going until he finds the lost sheep. How far will he have to travel to find the lost sheep? I don’t know, but I do know that he will keep going until he find the lost sheep. Ok, how dangerous will it be for the shepherd boy? I don’t know, but I know he is going to find that lost sheep.

I can hear shepherd now! “I’m going to go till I find that lost sheep! I’m gong to stay out until I find the lost sheep! I’m going to struggle until I find the lost sheep! I’m going to go again until I find that lost sheep! I’m going to sacrifice until I find that lost sheep! I’m going to pay whatever price there is to pay until I find the lost sheep!

The same thing is said about the lady who lost the coin. It does not say how long it took her to find the coin. It does not say whether it took ten minutes or ten hours but the Bible does say she sought until she found it. It may have been an hour or a day but I do know she sought until she found it. It does not say how hard it was but it does say she sought it until she found it.

The real issue is she searched until she found the lost coin. It may have been a week, a month, or a year but the Bible does say she searched until she found it. It does not say how many rooms there were in the house. It may have been a one-room house or a ten-room house. She may have found it quickly I don’t know but I do know she sought the lost coin until she found the lost coin. The Bible does not say how long it was for the searching or how difficult it was. The Bible simply says that she sought until she found it.

Hey, that might make a pretty good life’s verse? When you start something keep on until you find it. You are looking for something keep on till you find it. Are you seeking something keep on seeking until you find it.

It was said of Winston Churchill that he was an iron peg anchored in frozen ground. Abraham Lincoln said, “Hold firm as chains of steel.” When John Morley came to America he said this as he left, “I saw two unstoppable forces in Niagara Falls and Theodore Roosevelt." Bob Jones Sr. use to say, “The test of character is what it takes to stop you.”

Keep on looking till you find it. Keep on searching till you find it. Keep on working until you find it. Keep on laboring until you find it. Keep sacrificing till you find it.

80% of all the ministerial volunteers never make it to the pulpit. How long will it take is not the concern. The concern is will you seek till you find it. How far is not the issue. The issue is will you seek till you find it. How dangerous is not the problem at hand. The problem at hand is, are you willing to keep on until you find it. Where will it be found is not the question to be answered. The question to be answered is, are you willing to keep on until you find it.

Purpose to find it, to get it, to lay hands on it, or to come back with it. Seek till you find it! “Lady you’ve lost your coin. What are you going to do?” I can hear her now, “Sir, I’m going to go find it. Where, I don’t know! How long, I don’t know! How far, I don’t know! How many rooms, I don’t know! However, I do not I will not quit until I find the lost coin.”

“I’m going to seek till I find it! If it takes a year I’ll find it. If it takes a decade I’ll find it. If it takes a lifetime I’ll find it. Seek till you find it! I’m not coming back without the lost sheep! I’m not coming back with out the lost sheep!”

25% of my freshmen college class was told they would graduate. That meant that 75% would not graduate! Shocking! However, I made up my mind that I would seek until I found it. How long will it take? I didn’t know but I knew I would seek until I found it. How hard would it be? I didn’t know but I did know that I would seek until I found it. How many years? I didn’t know but I knew I would keep on seeking until I found it.

The last of the stories in this chapter has to do with the prodigal son. Doesn’t it make sense that if we will seek until we find a lost sheep and a lost coin that how much more valuable is a lost son. God is saying shame on you when you will seek until you find possessions but wont seek until you find that lost soul.

GOTTA LOVE SOUL WINNING!

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