God says to all his angels, ‘Let’s have a joyous celebration, for that one who was lost I have found!’” Luke 15:10 The Passion Translation
There’s a story in the Bible that Jesus tells. The story is about a woman who has 10 silver coins. She values the individual coins highly because each one is worth a lot of money. In the story the woman loses one of the coins. She searches for it everywhere - she lights a lamp, she sweeps the floor, she peers into every corner; it isn’t enough that she has the other nine, she looks high and low for the lost one until at last she finds it. When she finds the lost coin she celebrates joyfully with her friends.
‘Come and celebrate with me! I had lost my precious silver coin, but now I’ve found it.’ she says.
Jesus tells this story as an illustration of how earnestly God searches for the lost ones.
We were all lost once. God searched for us diligently just as the woman searched high and low for her lost coin. Some scholars think the coins in the story might have been strung into a necklace and worn around the woman’s neck as a piece of jewellery. We are like shining jewels to God; when God looks at you and me he sees us as individuals, each one beautiful, desirable and valuable. We are God’s children and He loves us. We are precious to him.
There are many around us who are still lost - perhaps members of our family, colleagues, or people we meet when we’re going about our daily business. Let’s pray for the opportunity and the anointing to speak to them of God’s love. Let’s pray for a heart more like God’s heart, a heart with a passion to seek for the lost.