What about the 99?

What I am having trouble with right now is how do you neglect the 99 while you go and look for the 1. What about the 99 who also need to be fed and protected and watched? 

I know that Jesus teaches that it is important to leave the 99 and go looking for the 1 lost sheep. I get that we need to remember not to just minister to our own flock, but we must break free and go and searching for those who are on the outside, those who are not like us,

Do I just cater everything in our lesson to these disruptive students or do I expect them to toe the line or leave? I am sure that the balance is somewhere in the middle, but right now I am having a hard time finding it. 

So right now in our ministry there are some kids who are coming that are being super disruptive. With how little the pay attention you would question why they are even there, except that I can tell that they are desperate for positive adult interaction and they really need a place to belong, even though they show this by acting out and making the lessons unbearable for everyone. 

So what I am trying to figure out is where is the line between reaching these kids who are desperate for the gospel and love, but who make it impossible for everyone else in the room to learn and those people who are there to learn and worship? 

One thought on “What about the 99?

  • September 28, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    If I could, let me encourage you to see them not as the 1 gone away, but as a possible wolf among sheep. I’m not saying anything drastic as a first course of action, but it sounds like they are not gone off astray somewhere, but among the flock you are being an under-shepherd to. There are many ways to deal with that kind of ongoing disruption, but nothing to do with sacrificing the 99. That call in scripture is with the knowledge that the 99 would be safe where they were. It was not a call to abandon 99 to save one, but to save the one not under the same protection as the 99 he’d come back to.


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