All of heaven rejoices over each new believer

This Scripture is known as the Parable of the Lost Sheep, and you can find it in Luke Chapter 15, verses 1-7. Jesus Himself speaks about the people who need Him the most–people who don’t know Him…

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Him [Jesus].  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the 99 in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous persons who do not need to repent.” [NIV Bible]

When you start to believe in God, He celebrates! He rejoices because He knows that your eternal life will be saved. He has gotten through to you, and that was His objective all along!

You are worthy of God’s welcome and His love. Don’t put off approaching God until you think He’ll approve of you. He approves of you now.  Embarrassment and shame keep people apart from God. You don’t have to be “good enough” to become a Christian. God requires one thing from you, that you believe in Him. You may never feel ready to come to God, but you are ready right now!

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