Thursday, November 16, 2006

Lost & Found

Has there ever been a time when you have lost something precious and then, after much searching, found it again? In these simple lost and found experiences, we get a glimpse into the heart of God who rejoices over finding lost people.

One day Jesus told a simple story about a housewife who lost a valuable coin. She became completely focused in the effort to find her missing treasure, and when ultimately it was found, "she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, `Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' " Luke 15:9 It was such an ordinary kind of event: A woman scouring the house for a lost coin and then celebrating with some girlfriends over finding it. The coin was valuable, the search was thorough, the joy was profound. Is there anything in your life that you recently lost and found again? Jesus’ point, of course, was that the joy we experience in finding our lost treasures is but a glimpse into the heart of God, who rejoices over finding people who are created to spend eternity with Him. Compared to the items we look for, how much more valuable are the lost individuals around us? How much more urgent should be our quest? How much more profound will be our joy?

Is there anyone in your life that is lost who needs to be found again?

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