At the end of the story about the lost sheep I asked the kids to think about what would have happened if the shepherd offered to take the sheep back but the sheep said no. But why would that sheep do that? With each situation I asked the kids what would have happened to the sheep.
1. He liked running around outside the sheep fold. – But night is coming and he won’t like it anymore when a wolf finds him. Just like some people think they’re happy now without Christ, doing what they want. But that only lasts a season.
2. He thinks He can find his own way back. – That sheep can’t find the fold, or else he wouldn’t have been lost in the first place. Just like people that think they can get to Heaven on their own.
3. He thinks he’s been a bad sheep for wandering off and doesn’t deserve to go back. – If the shepherd thought he was too bad to take back, why would he have gone out after him? He wants the sheep back, because he still loves him. Just like some people that think that because of the bad things they have done they don’t deserve to be saved. But if that were true, why did Christ die to save us? He still loves us and wants to forgive us.
4. He’s not sure what to expect when he’s back with the other sheep. – He has nothing to be afraid of. The other sheep will be glad to see him, and he’ll be alot better off than he is now. Just like people that aren’t sure of accepting Christ because they’ve never lived a Christian life before, and they don’t know what to expect. But there’s nothing to be afraid of, and it’s much better than a life without Christ.
by Sarah Brown