Lost and Found

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"In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." - Luke 15:10

Does your church or office have a "Lost and Found?" People are always losing things. Early on, there isn't very much in the box, but soon the "Lost and Found" is running over with treasures.

A shoe, a pair of glasses, a book, a coffee mug, a pair of wool mittens that I am sure someone will wish they still had, very soon. Items loved by their owner, but worth nothing in this box.

Have you ever lost something that was really important to you? What did you do? Did you just say, "Oh well, no problem, I can always get another one?" If it was a beloved item, I am guessing that you searched until you found what you had lost.

In our Bible lesson today, Jesus tells two stories about people who have lost something very important to them. The first story Jesus told was about a man who had a hundred sheep. One of his sheep strayed away from the flock and became lost. Every one of the man's sheep was important to him, so he left the ninety-nine and went to search for the one lost sheep. When he found it, he was so happy that he called all of his friends together and said, "Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep."

Next, Jesus told a story about a woman who had ten silver coins. Each of the coins was worth a day's wages. The woman lost one of her coins. So she turned on every light in the house, swept the floor, and searched until she found the one lost coin. When she found the lost coin, she called all of her friends and neighbors together and said, "Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin."

Jesus told these two stories to demonstrate God's love for us. We are God's children, but sometimes we get lost. When that happens, God doesn't give up on us. He searches for us and he won't stop until we are found. In fact, the Bible tells us that God sent his son, Jesus, to seek and save the lost. And just as the people in the story rejoiced when they found what was lost, Jesus said, "There is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

I'm glad that God loves us so much that he doesn't give up on us when we get lost.

Prayer: 
Father, we are your children and you love each and every one of us. We are thankful that you don't give up on us when we get lost. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Date: 
Mar 30 2019