Lost and Found

Lou Lotz

Read: Luke 15:8-10

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? (v. 8)

A woman loses a silver coin. It must be in the house somewhere, but where? Thus begins a flurry of activity—lamps are lit, floors are swept. Every nook and cranny is examined. There is no thought of giving up the search. The woman looks high and low, until finally: “I found it!” God’s love, says Jesus, is like that. God seeks those who are lost, refusing to rest until they are found.

Does this mean that all who are lost will be found, no matter what? I’m leery of that interpretation. Redemption is not routine. Granted, we are not saved by our works, but neither are we hauled into heaven against our will. “How often,” says Jesus, “would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!” (Luke 13:34).

Still, the phrase “seek diligently until she finds it” is brimming with hope. God will not stop searching for the lost until they are found. Ninety-nine sheep are not enough; God wants every last one. One lost coin may not seem like much to you and me, but to God there is no such thing as a life without value, and he will keep searching until what’s lost is found. There is much good theology in the old hymn, “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go.” —Lou Lotz

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for a love that will not rest until the lost are found.