“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And 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 before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:8-10
It was just a ball, but my two dogs and I searched the local school playground for nearly ½ hour hoping to locate the now lost toy. I was quickly losing hope when we came across it and could hardly believe that we finally found the dumb thing. Even my dogs were rekindled with energy as I tossed it out into the field while they raced after it.
It seems silly now, but I was so excited that I wanted to post the event on my social media pages so that everyone I knew could partake in my joy! I know what you are thinking, “The man has lost it!” And maybe I have, but consider Jesus’ parable about a women who lost one of ten silver coins.
No doubt the woman was of average to meager means, so the coin would obviously mean something to her as Jesus’ describes her attempts to locate the lost treasure. And when she finds it, she throws a party. Jesus’ point was that people who have lost things of even the smallest value get pretty fired up when those things are found. Imagine the joy if something of great value is returned (which is Jesus’ very point in a follow-up story that we now call the Parable of the ‘Prodigal Son’).
Now Jesus connects the story to God in heaven by stating, “Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Basically God calls all of His friends and parties when one person who is lost comes into a saving relationship with God. You see, no matter how ‘lost’ a person may be before an encounter with God, they can always be found through the power of the Gospel.
That means that everyone is valuable; not because of inherent worth, but because God values them and wants them to be found. Please note that they are not lost because God cannot find them, but because they cannot see God…yet. That is where we come in. We are God’s scanners who are entrusted with a miraculous message that seems ridiculous to those who are stubborn and/or blind; but it is a message of beauty, peace, and power to those who are ready.
So, are you ready to broker parties in heaven? If so, continue to pray for those who are the most lost in your life. You never know when they might be found. You never know from which crevice, dark corner, or hiding place that God will reach into and pull them from.
Who knows…maybe there will be a celebration in heaven with your name on it.
Posted on Thu, October 30, 2014
by Sam Petitfils