My daughter recently got her braces off. In place of the braces she is to wear a set of retainers, and she’s only to remove them when she’s eating or sleeping. It’s become very apparent how often our family eats and snacks, because the retainers always seem to be out.

Retainers aren’t the nicest thing to look at when you’re enjoying a meal, and so they started getting covered up by napkins. Two different times the napkin which was covering the retainer ended up in the garbage. But I came to the rescue, dug through the trash and saved the precious (read: expensive) mouth accessory!

But one night I wasn’t home and the babysitter took the kids out to Tim Horton’s. The retainer got wrapped in a napkin and absent mindedly tossed in the trash. It wasn’t until everyone was in the car that my daughter realized she was missing her ever-present mouth friend! Panic set in, her retainer was lost! What was I going to say?! The babysitter went back in with my daughter and dug through all the trash at Tim Horton’s but to no avail.

My daughter was sobbing, she was nervous of how I was going to react. She knew that she had made a mistake. Her parents had told her multiple times how to take care of her retainer so that it wouldn’t get lost, but she didn’t listen and obey. She didn’t make a discipline of doing it the right way.

In the moment that my daughter realized she had lost something not only valuable, but necessary, she was deeply impacted. The depth of her concern for the lost item prompted her to action and reaction. Her action was to look for the retainer. Her reaction was to cry over losing it.

I believe the Father wants us to take action and have a reaction for the lost around us. They’re valuable and necessary for the Kingdom of God.

And we’re responsible to look for them just as Jesus did when He was here (Luke 19:10). Jesus often left crowds of hundreds to focus on the one that needed Him. In Luke 15:4 He poses the question, “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?”

Psalm 100 refers to you and me as God’s people. The sheep of His pasture. You once were lost but now you’re found, by Jesus. You’ve been found by Jesus, and have found peace, joy, and hope in Jesus. Take comfort in that, but don’t get comfortable.

What’s your reaction to the lost and hurting around you? Does your heart break for them and the hopeless world they find themselves in? Do you spend time looking for them and seeking them out? Let’s go after the one, and then celebrate like crazy when you find them!

“And when he finds it, he joyfully…goes home…calls his friends together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep’” (Luke 5:5-6).

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