3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
-Jesus makes it clear that any good shepherd will never settle for ninety-nine sheep if the remaining one is lost, but will instead go in search until he find it. It’s easy to read this section of scripture and simply dismiss it as pertaining to The Good Shepherd (John 10:11). But notice how Jesus framed this parable, “What man of you…”; the parable serves to remind those who are listening that each of them would be willing to take action for lost sheep. It is certain that the Lord will go to any length to rescue the lost, but Jesus taught us that, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38) The question is not whether the Good Shepherd will leave the ninety and nine, for it is certain that He will; the question becomes how many of the ninety and nine will leave the safety and comfort of the pasture to seek them who are lost?