“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and 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 which I had lost!’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The second parable of the lost coin describes the search for the lost object in greater detail, but the point is the same. Both the shepherd and the woman spend a great deal of effort to find their prized possession.
The woman faced the same dilemma as the shepherd: "Do I spend time and energy on the one when I still have nine?" Of course she does! She lights the brightest lamp she can find, takes her broom, and sweeps the floor. She watches carefully to discover everything the broom reaches. Finally, there in front of her lies the coin. She reaches down, snatches it up, and calls her friends and neighbors: "Rejoice! I found it!"
In verse 10, Jesus repeated the message of verse 7. A lost person now found brings celebration and joy to heaven. The question lingers: Does it bring the same joy and celebration to you? Do you share God's feelings of love and pity and care for lost? Is your heart so heavy for them that their repentance—their being found for the kingdom—swells your heart with joy?
Jesus understood His audience well. He wanted to confront us for our lack of concern for the lost, as well as how far off we can be from the heart of God. He wanted the sinners to know they were lost and sought by God. Because of the work Jesus did in His sinless life and sacrificial death, those who are lost can be found. We want our hearts to model that of the gospel-centric Father—a heart that burns with joy when one of His lost is found—every single time.
- When was the last time you saw someone come to faith in Christ? Did it cause joy to well up in your heart?
- Do you know anyone who doesn’t yet realize that God is looking for them? How will you let them know?
- Pray that you would find the joy of heaven in seeing a lost person found.