THE LOST COIN OF GREAT WORTH
Jesus said the woman’s lost coin was of such value that she held a thanksgiving party with her friends and neighbors. The world is full of “lost coins,” unsaved souls waiting to be “found” so we and God’s angels can rejoice together. How valuable do we consider those who don’t know Christ as we do? Are we as willing to search for them as the woman did her lost coin?
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
The lost coin
Several years ago I lost some twenty-dollar bills. In a hurry to get out of the rain, I thought I must have dropped them. Frantic, I searched the driveway and yard for days. Did the wind blow them away? Or an often-seen raccoon take them? Two years later I found them in my office, tucked under some paperwork I’d been carrying on that rainy day.
I couldn’t wait to share my surprise and joy with my family. The incident reminded me of Jesus’ parable about the lost coin. “What woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:8-10)
Jesus precedes this parable with the one about the lost sheep and follows with the one about the prodigal son. In each case, He wanted to show the rigidly religious leaders of the day a valuable spiritual lesson—first of all, that our Father God is persistent in drawing those lost in sin to Him. Secondly, that the “lost” are highly valuable in His eyes. Finally, that He (and His angels) feel such joy in the lost being found that they must share it.
Back then, sheep were valuable to their shepherds, who were considered low on the social ladder. One sheep lost could have meant a month’s worth of food. The woman, too, may have been a poor widow whose loss of her coin might have meant tomorrow’s meal. And the prodigal son’s dad, though unable to know where to find his son, must have felt anguish for his loss.
Imagine how we would feel, knowing we’re so highly valued by God! That’s why He sent His only Son, Jesus, to take on torture and death for the sake of sinners. When we recognize our great worth, how can we resist wanting to be “found” by Him—that is, accepting Him as our Lord and Savior, repenting of our sins and choosing to follow Him? Such a choice gives Him and His angels much joy. And such a choice should compel us to search for those around us who also need Him.
Lord, thank You for being persistent in drawing us to You. Cause us to trust You, Your Word and Your Spirit so we can love You as You love us, serve You by loving others as You love them, and rejoice in You as You rejoice in us. In Jesus’ name, amen.