Google+ 06/22/13 Look Up For All Eternity!

Luke 15:8-10

 

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one.

Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it?

And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say,

‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ 

 In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”

 

While all of us often talk about the body of Christ, we must also stop occasionally and talk about the individual parts.  That is exactly what Jesus does in our Scripture today.  Christ wants to point out how deeply personal our relationship with God should be.  As always, Jesus tells us a story.  This time it is about a woman with ten coins who loses one.  Like all of us, this woman will not rest until she finds the lost coin.  When she finds it, she rejoices with everyone about the one lost coin.  Jesus points out sometimes, the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the few or many.  God doesn't want to lose even one precious soul.  Use today's Scripture to encourage you to keep your lamp lit in your search for any lost "coins."  While you do this, make sure that you keep the other nine coins safe and protected.  Don't lose another coin.  Find joy in the presence of each "coin" in your life.  Take good care of them.  I truly believe that God has tarried the return of His Son Jesus Christ to give each precious soul one last chance to repent.  In theory, the United States is the largest Christian nation on earth, yet all of our major Christian denominations are declining.  How can that be?  I believe Jesus's story today tells us.  Most Christians and churches have stopped looking for the lost "coins."  How did this woman get these ten pieces of silver in the first place?  We don't know exactly, but one would have to assume that she went and found them or worked hard to earn them.  Please don't let even one "coin" be lost in your life.  Jesus tells us in the last line of our Scripture today that God's angels rejoice even when one sinner repents.  If it is good enough for God, should it not be good enough for us?  My grandfather used to teach me as a small child to look down when I walked to look for stray coins that people lost.  I have done that all my life!  As a result, I have found many a penny, nickel, dime, or quarter.  I have, on occasion found dollar bills!  Take my grandfather's advice.  Look down and don't miss any lost "coins" so that everyone can look up for all eternity!