David Jeremiah: Count the Sheep

The late-1960s TV comedy “Get Smart” featured a lovable, bumbling secret agent, Maxwell Smart, and his partner, Agent 99. Agent 99 was smart and classy, yet humble, and was always there to rescue Smart when he bumbled himself into a predicament.

Although Maxwell Smart was the comedic star of the show who always managed to blow his cover and reveal his presence to the enemy, Agent 99 was the true secret agent who got the job done in a professional way.

I want to use this image to ask you to become a different kind of agent: God’s “Seekret” Agent.

The number 99 plays a notable role in one of Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep (Matthew 18:12-14Luke 15:1-7). Jesus introduces us to a shepherd who has a flock of 100 sheep. When he counts his flock, he discovers one is missing. So he leaves the 99 sheep and goes in search of the one lost sheep.

God wants each of us to be that kind of “Seekret” Agent who is continually aware of the need to seek out those lost sheep that have not yet made it into the sheepfold of God’s safety and salvation.

Two important lessons can be drawn from the parable of the lost sheep. It is not just a parable about evangelism. It is also a parable about the value of every lost soul, regardless of who they are, how far they have wandered away, and what effort might be required to bring them back.

It would be wrong to apply this parable only to your middle-class neighbor who does not yet know Jesus Christ. While that neighbor represents a lost sheep who needs to be found, there are other sheep that will require a different kind of effort on our part to reach. They are the ones for whom Seekret Agents are required to do their most skillful, prayerful work so that they might be found.

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Source: Baptist Press