I attended a chapel service this morning, and Dave McNaughton spoke. He works to help prepare pastors to plant churches on the national level. He had an excellent message on the lost and the found.
In Luke 15, there are 3 pictures of the lost and found: -the shepherd that left the 99 sheep to go after the one that was lost; -the lost coin that was searched for; and -the prodigal son who came home. Dave explained that God is not obsessed with the lost, but rather He is obsessed with the lost being found.
Faithfulness is awesome; but He is also looking for fruitfulness. Dave asked us to consider the story from Luke 5 of the 4 men carrying their friend to see Jesus on a mat. These men were both faithful and fruitful. These men followed 4 main things:
1-They understood and embraced their mission.
2-They understood their role.
3-They executed their task.
4-They trusted that the other men in their group were going to hold up their end of the bargain.
This message was a good reminder for me to not just be faithful, but to strive to be fruitful as well, and seek out to find those who are lost.