Memorize & Meditate {M&M} March 2016 – Luke 15

Memorize & Meditate {M&M} March 2016 – Luke 15

Memorize & Meditate {M&M}

March 2016 –  Luke 15

Luke 15 (NASB)

The Lost Sheep

15 Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

So He told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

The Lost Coin

“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

The Prodigal Son

11 And He said, “A man had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them. 13 And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. 14 Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. 17 But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! 18 I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”’ 20 So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; 23 and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.

25 “Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him. 29 But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; 30 but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.’”

M&M March 2016

Luke 15

The theme of our passage for this month is that of being lost and found. I have a terrible fear of being lost. Learning to drive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area meant that I had to learn to navigate the various highways of the Metroplex. I am directionally challenged. Very. I have absolutely no sense of direction.

On more than one occasion I got lost. Now remember this was thirty years ago. No GPS. No Google maps. No cell phones. All I had to rely on were city maps. Did I mention that I am not only directionally challenged, but also dyslexic? It’s true. The maps weren’t much help either.

DFW airport is the worst. All the signs depend on you knowing which direction you are going. Exit here to go North, here to go South, here to go West, here to go East. I wasn’t even sure of right or left and now I have to know the direction I want to go?? Yikes.

I was supposed to pick up my Dad at DFW. He had been on a mission trip in Africa. The airport wasn’t foreign to me. I’d been there hundreds of times, but this time I had to drive. I was terrified. Literally. I had always depended on someone else knowing where to go, now that someone was me. With Dad’s airline and gate written on a small piece of paper-long before post-its too, BTW-I set out.

For what seemed like an eternity, I circled round and around DFW. I do not think there was an exit I missed taking. Problem was that I began to panic which only contributed to my disorientation. Without any phones to keep in contact with my Dad, he had no option but to just wait for me to arrive.

I did arrive, finally. Tears stained my face. Dad’s eyes strained from looking out for me.  Seeing him comforted me. He was so sorry that I’d been so lost. Relief, no longer lost.

Being lost is scary. It’s lonely. It’s frustrating. It’s unnerving. Lost is something we have all been. We’ve been lost in a crowd. Lost in a conversation. Lost in a situation. Lost in a relationship. Lost in a career. Lost in a battle. Lost in the pain, the misunderstanding, the hurt. Lost isn’t a place any of us like to be.

Lost isn’t what we’re meant to be either. We are made to be found and to find others. Lost isn’t just a physical position, it is our basic spiritual condition. Even if we are not physically lost right now-I’m sitting at my house, not lost at the moment-we were all lost spiritually until Jesus found us. Yes even those of you who are directionally gifted, those who always know what direction facing, those who pride themselves on never getting lost, even you are lost without Christ.

In Luke 15 a sheep, a coin and a son become lost. Great effort is exerted to find them and when they are found, great celebrations commence. It is devastating to lose something. And being lost is distressing. But there is hope. The Shepherd seeks His sheep and our Father awaits our return to Him when we wander.

Amazing Grace!

How sweet the sound,

That saved a wretch like me;

I once was lost,

But not I’m found,

Was blind-

But now I see!

We must live our lives on guard. We must not be surprised when the enemy attempts to sabotage our celebrations. That is exactly what our enemy wants to do. We have much to celebrate and we must not hesitate to do so. We must set our minds on things above and celebrate His goodness daily. He is Worthy!

Download your outline and verse here and get ready to mark it up!

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image admin_label=”Download Luke 15 Here” src=”http://rachaelcarman.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/RC-Luke-15.png” show_in_lightbox=”off” url=”http://bit.ly/1Ufdkgh” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”off” sticky=”off” align=”center” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] [/et_pb_image][et_pb_text admin_label=”Signature” saved_tabs=”all” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” text_font_size=”14″]

In His Grace,

www.RachaelCarman.com

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Rachael Carman on FacebookRachael Carman on InstagramRachael Carman on Twitter
Rachael Carman
I had it going on—or so I thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And I’m here to encourage you to do the same! I love encouraging and inspiring moms to grow deeper in their walk and relationship with our Heavenly Father.

I’ve been married to my beloved, Davis, since 1986; our life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. We have seven kids and let me tell you our family loves to laugh! I enjoy playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. I’m an author and speaker and I am passionate about helping moms not only survive motherhood, but draw near to the Father and thrive in motherhood.

I’m so glad you’re here.
Posted on: March 9, 2016, by : Rachael Carman