When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, my dad practiced counting cows.
Yep, he had about 75 head–that’s cattle farm terminology for 75 cows and calves– that he counted whenever he drove the tractor down the field road, over the railroad tracks, and through the gate.
Then he would start counting cows.
See, if he was missing one, that could mean that a cow had taken off somewhere to have a baby, or a coyote could have taken one, or any of a dozen other reasons.
Point is, you can bet Dad would be searching for the lost bovine if one went missing!
The Bible has a similar story that Jesus tells in Lk. 15:4 (KJV).
“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?”
Jesus says that if a shepherd loses one sheep, he would leave the 99 in search of that one.
That’s how important you are to Jesus! He wants every last one of His children to be saved!
“…Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”(I Timothy 2:4 KJV)
Isn’t it nice that God wants all of us safe in His fold?