In this result-orientated world, there is an obsession with quantity. Bosses not only want success, they want success to come in large quantities, truck-loads, droves. And because we are immersed into this environment, we think that everything and everyone must function according to that axiom as well, even God.

But beloved, God does not function like that. Our Father’s eyes are not on the masses, but on the individual. In fact, the phrase, ‘there is much rejoicing in Heaven over one sinner who repents’, appears twice,

“I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:7

“Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10

Certainly, this does not mean that He only expects one sinner to repent, of course not. Jesus has made the way to a life eternally blessed, protected and provided for, so wide; and the path, so smooth; as He told us,

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.” John 3:16-17 [AMPC]

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10 [AMPC]

“And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son.
[Yes] I will grant [I Myself will do for you] whatever you shall ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am].” John 14:13-14 [AMPC]

So with such a personal guarantee, how can it be that He only expects one to turn?

Yet the beauty of our Father is that despite the multitude who have turned, the multitude who are in Their care, our Father and Jesus still have time for each and every one of them; and They still have time for you.

But are you thinking that no matter how good They may be; how merciful and forgiving; you do not qualify, because to you, you are, to borrow the words of Paul, ‘chief amongst sinners’? Well, if you think that way, then let me put Paul’s words into context.

“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15

But how can this be? Well, beloved, look at Luke 15 again. Do allow me to put the two verses together.

‘Thus, I tell you, there is and will be more joy in heaven, among and in the presence of the angels of God, over one [especially] wicked person who repents (changes his mind for the better, abhorring his errors and misdeeds, heartily amending his ways, and determines to enter upon a better course of life) than over ninety-nine righteous persons who have no need of repentance.’ Luke 15:7&10 [AMPC]

So, who are those whom Jesus is calling? Yes, the especially wicked. Do you consider yourself especially wicked? Well then, He is calling out to especially you.

But perhaps you do not consider yourself especially wicked. In fact, you look on your life and you consider yourself rather good. Beloved, He is calling out to especially you too. For remember that Jesus told the man who wanted to merit his own place in Heaven,

“Why do you ask Me about the perfectly and essentially good? There is only One Who is good [perfectly and essentially]—God. If you would enter into the Life, you must continually keep the commandments.” Matthew 19:17 [AMPC]

So if you have ever thought that you could be good enough to merit your way into Heaven, then you were putting yourself on the same level as God, in which you have just broken the first commandment given to Moses,

“You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:3

And that makes you ‘especially wicked’. So rejoice beloved! You are exactly the one whom Jesus came to save!

But surely with the multitude of prayers and requests that He gets, God has no time for little old you? Sure, in our finite minds, Jesus and our Father must really have their work cut out for them, answering what must be billions of prayer emails. But thank God our Father is not finite; for He says,

“I will not take a bull from your house,
Nor goats out of your folds.
For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the mountains,
And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.” Psalm 50:9-12

So we can have confidence in Jesus when He says,

“Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28-29 [AMPC]

“Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?” Matthew 6:26 [AMPC]

You know, we feel like this sometimes because we pray and our Father does not seem to answer. We try, but nothing seems to change. We trust, but the rain is still falling. If this is you, always remember that Jesus Is Willing And Able To Bless You and Jesus Will Make Sure You Get To The Ball In Time. And it will happen All In God’s Time because Nobody Does It Better Than Jesus.

And in the meantime, remember that He said,

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25

“For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:32-34

Jesus is never too busy for you, so run to Him in prayer. Carry all your cares to Jesus and lay all your burdens on Him. He really is only a sigh away.

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