READ : Luke 15:1-10
Imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? (v. 8 Message)
With a jerk of my hand the ball on the joystick of my electric wheelchair popped off. It rolled all the way down the pedestrian overpass, off the sidewalk, and into the bushes. I tried to find it, but quickly gave up. Later a friend hunted in the weeds, but with the same results.
As we searched, Jesus’ parables about the lost sheep and lost coin came to mind. In both stories something of great value disappeared. A sheep wandered off from the flock, and a coin rolled into a forgotten corner of the house. To the shepherd and the woman in the stories, these were extremely valuable items. These parables give us a glimpse of why Jesus came to earth. He came to seek and save what was lost (Luke 19:10). The Lord must think we are extremely valuable to agree to be born in a humble stable and then allow himself to be crucified.
I did not really feel bad about losing the ball. I knew it could be replaced. Thankfully Jesus doesn’t feel that way. He sees each of us as irreplaceable. He’s determined to keep searching until he finds us.
I once was lost, but now I’m found. Thank you, Lord!