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 NLT
Illustration of Luke 15:8-10 NLT — "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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 13:52
  • Luke 10:21
  • Romans 14:17


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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.