What Jesus Did! 'Joy in Finding!' — Luke 15:8-10

Friday, September 11, 2015

"Suppose a woman has ten silver coins, but she loses one of them. The woman will take a light and clean the house. She will look carefully for the coin until she finds it. And when she finds the lost coin, she will call her friends and neighbors and say to them, 'Be happy with me because I have found the coin that I lost!' In the same way, the angels of God are very happy when one sinner changes his heart."
— Luke 15:8-10
Illustration of Luke 15:8-10 — "Suppose a woman has ten silver coins, but she loses one of them."

Key Thought

To lose such a coin was terrible. The monetary value would have been immense. The possible sentimental value would have made this an enormous lost. The value of what is lost is what calls for such a desperate, thorough, and passionate search. The value of the lost coin, coupled with the careful search, made finding the coin a cause for great celebration—and not just for this lady or her household, but for all of the lady's friends! How much more valuable are the people around us than one silver coin! So how can Christians not celebrate when salvation's light reaches the dark crannies of the lost soul? We must celebrate.

Today's Prayer

Father, please let me share in the joy of your harvest. Please use me as a person of reconciliation who helps your lost children find their way home to you. Help me to be a person of great joy and encouragement to new Christians. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Many tax collectors and bad people came to listen to Jesus. Then the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to complain, "Look! This man (Jesus) welcomes bad people and even eats with them!" Then Jesus told them this story: "Suppose one of you has 100 sheep, but he loses one of them. Then he will leave the other 99 sheep alone and go out and look for the lost sheep. The man will continue to search for the lost sheep until he finds it. And when he finds the sheep, the man is very happy. The man carries the sheep to his home. He goes to his friends and neighbors and says to them, 'Be happy with me because I found my lost sheep!' In the same way, I tell you, heaven is a happy place when one sinner changes his heart. There is more joy for that one sinner than there is for 99 good people that don't need to change their hearts. "Suppose a woman has ten silver coins, but she loses one of them. The woman will take a light and clean the house. She will look carefully for the coin until she finds it. And when she finds the lost coin, she will call her friends and neighbors and say to them, 'Be happy with me because I have found the coin that I lost!' In the same way, the angels of God are very happy when one sinner changes his heart."

Luke 15:1-10

Related Scripture Readings

But the followers {of Jesus in Antioch} were happy and full of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 13:52

Then the Holy Spirit made Jesus feel very happy. Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. I praise you because you have hidden these things from the wise and smart people. But you have shown these things to people that are like little children. Yes, Father, you did this because this is what you really wanted to do.

Luke 10:21

In the kingdom of God, eating and drinking are not important. In the kingdom of God, the important things are these: living right with God, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14:17

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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