To God, 99% is not an “A”; it is a “Fail”.
God is constantly going after the 1%. He never says, “Oh well, that person will just have to find their way back to me…at least I have 99%. I can live without that one person.”
God’s thoughts are ALWAYS on the lost. He never deems it okay to leave a lost sheep in the wilderness…we are his people and his thoughts are constantly on us—no matter how far away from him we may be.
As humans, it is easy to write people off when they don’t act the way we think they should, or when they do or say something that is less than what we expected of them. But God never writes off his children, and he never punishes them with what they deserve.
Instead, he clothes us with righteousness and calls us to be holy and blameless before him. When we deserved death, he gave us life, and he continues to do that for us everyday. Every mistake we make is masked by the love that flows so freely out of him, and it is only by his grace that we are able to call ourselves children of God.
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:6
Thank goodness for grace.