Where is My Sheep

 

It has been 6 months since the faithful day of Thursday March 13, 2014.   It was my birthday.  On that day, I was not concerned with plans for making the day special.  Like other birthdays I was contented with the well-wishes and the affection that I received from family and loved ones.

My attention was held by something entirely different.  The news reports on the television showed an area under siege.  People were demonstrating.  Individuals had converged on Downtown Kingston in the vicinity of the Supreme Court to protest against the imprisonment of their favourite entertainer, Mr. Adijah Palmer.  The infamous Vibz Kartel.  The authorities had dared to hold him on criminal charges.

All commercial activities were brought to a close.  His followers had gathered to press their demand that the Justice System instantly drop all charges and release him.  The mob spoke with one defiant voice.  As I listened to their expressions, I understood that they were not interested in whether he was innocent or not.  In my opinion, they had concluded that his fame made him above the law.

I felt disgusted.

I desired that he be imprisoned.  I reasoned that It would send a very clear signal that a celebrity status does not place you above the law.  To justify my stance I started listing, in my mind, a litany of acts he had done to affect the life of the youths.  Many songs were done in praise of guns, the glorification of violence and gangstarism (being a ruthless gang member).  Rivalry with him and another dancehall artiste had divided communities into fighting camps of “gully” and “gaza” groups.  The songs were laced with profanity.  Youths were influenced to bleach their faces.  Many youths and adults admired him so much that they were tattooing themselves.  The behaviour of some youths began mirroring the violent lyrics of his songs.  The impact on the youths was evident even in the behaviour of a family member.

As I gloried in the moment.  The Holy Spirit began speaking to me.

“Where is my son?” He asked.  I needed not ask about whom the enquiry was being made.  I knew He was asking about Vibz Kartel.  The Holy Spirit then began to express his desires for his life.

“He is My son.  Why are persons not praying for him?  He has done wrong and will face the consequences of his actions.  However, has anyone stopped to think about how valuable he can be to the Kingdom?  His testimony can deliver many youths.  People ought to pray that he be converted.

He is a leader.  It is shown by the numerous youths he currently influences.  When he promoted the Clarke shoes brand, in his songs, the sales skyrocketed in Jamaica.  It became a must have among persons eager to be clad in the “hottest” fashion.  Use of cakes soup and bleaching creams became very popular among some segments of the population.  It also experienced a slow creep across socio-economic lines.

The people are lost.  He can be used to set them free by his testimony.  If he should go back to them and tell them about Jesus they will be opened to listen to him.  His life will become a testimony that will draw many to Me.  He will work with the same vigor that He worked for the kingdom of darkness.  The youths will listen to him.  they will see the change in him and begin to examine their lives.  He will be able to help them understand the long-term consequences of their actions.

Pray for his salvation.”

It has been six months since Vybez Kartel was sentenced and I cannot help but reflect on the love and compassion that God showed for him.  The Lord stood ready to pardon him.  Where I saw failures.  God saw purpose.  Where I was ready to condemn.  God showed loved and compassion.  Where I saw an angry mob of people who had given themselves to lawlessness.  God saw a people lost and He wept for his children.  As He spoke to me, I began to feel His compassion for them.  Sadness overtook me.  I wept in the spirit.  A stream of tears ran down my face.  My heart ached for the people; for Vybz Kartel.

The transformation that He did for the Apostle Paul was one that God stood ready to do in the life of this person.

How often do we look at someone’s current state and not see things through the eyes of God.  Where they are lost we should pray that the Lord raise up labourers to minister the Word to them.  That they be set free from the works of Satan.

Who do you know someone, personally or via media, that the Lord has revealed their lost state?  Have you prayed for that person?  If he’s laid it on your heart to speak to the individual.  Do not hesitate to speak.  Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.  He will provide the words for you to say.  Sometimes all that is needed is a seed being planted initially.

Luke 15: 1-7 (NKJV)

15 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him.

And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.”

So He spoke this parable to them, saying:

What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’

I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

To God be the glory, great things He hath done

 Lyrics: Fanny Jane Crosby 1820-1915

Music: William Howard Doane 1832-1915
To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Chorus
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.
Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
 Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.

Lyrics courtesy of Hymnal.net

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