Luke 15 records three of Jesus’ parables about the value God places on the lost.
The parables escalate in importance. In the first parable, a shepherd has lost one of his 100 sheep.
In the second parable that we will study today, a woman has lost a coin that represents one-tenth of her savings.
The third parable involves a lost son, an angry brother, and a loving father.
A Cause for Rejoicing
The parable of the lost coin is a story with which to begin 2022.
–– Luke 15.8-10 – “Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?
“When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’
“Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
If you have ever lost your car keys, wallet, credit card, or cell phone, you know that being lost is a serious issue.
I have lost all of the items in the above list. When they are lost, they are of no value to me until I find them.
As we begin a new year, the words of Jeremiah fill us with hope.
“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” (Jeremiah 29.11).
Our hearts resonate with this verse, because it tells us that God has plans to bless us with a prosperous future.
Have you considered looking at this verse from God’s perspective?
God wants his children to experience a preferred future filled with abundant blessings.
However when God’s children are lost, they are unable to receive God’s best until they are found.
Good News – God Looks for His Children
The prophet Ezekiel described God’s anger at religious leaders, who abused his children without seeking to find them.
— Ezekiel 34.2-5 – Mortal, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel: prophesy, and say to them—to the shepherds: Thus says the Lord God: Ah, you shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep?
You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep.
You have not strengthened the weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bound up the injured, you have not brought back the strayed, you have not sought the lost, but with force and harshness you have ruled them.
So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd; and scattered, they became food for all the wild animals.
All of Ezekiel 34 is worth reading. If you are a leader of any kind, God requires you to join him in caring for those whom he desires a blessed future.
Ezekiel describes God’s action in the light of his shepherd’s failure.
— Ezekiel 34.11-12 – For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.
I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.
2022 Good News
The good news for readers of my blog is that God has rescued us from our lost position, so that he can give us a bountiful future and a hope.
Another good news message is that God wants us to partner with him. Instead of being like the self-centered shepherds, we can care for the beloved lost souls of our world.
I pray that readers of my blog will build relationship at least one person this year for the sake of helping them live in friendship with Jesus.
Ask God who he wants to “find” though you in 2022. Then, begin making friends with that person for the sake of helping them become “found” by our loving Lord.
Rudy Ross and I have a YouTube video on this subject. Rudy adds insights to the discussion that will encourage and challenge you.
The video can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.
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