The Parable of the Lost Coin
“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Whether it’s something as small as a coin, a button, or a pen, or as important as the car keys, a shoe or THE TV REMOTE, we’ve all lost things. It can feel particularly frustrating to realise you weren’t as careful with the item’s placement as you thought, or even more infuriating to learn that somebody else has moved it without letting you know. Either way, no one likes to lose their possessions, searching for them high and low without success.
Losing money, even as small as a single coin, can be especially unsettling. In today’s parable, the Lord Jesus speaks of a woman that’s lost one of her 10 silver coins. In this situation, some might say “Well, I have these other 9 coins so I won’t miss one.”, but not this lady. This lady clearly understands the value of money and of her possessions. She searches carefully, using all the tools needed to find something in the dark. Her hard work pays off and with such jubilation in her heart for the discovery, she invites her friends and neighbours to ‘rejoice with her’.
Those lost in the dark are much the same as this mislaid coin and just as this woman devoted her care for that which was lost, so does the Son of God. What’s more, we read, “there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Can there be any greater moment than being saved and knowing the assurance of our eternity in heaven? No celebration can be grander or more exciting than one which is heard both on earth and in heaven. While the coin is small and alone it does not compare to the value of the other nine coins combined, it is still worth saving and loving. Praise be to the Lord for His great work in saving that which was lost.
Prayer: Heavenly Farther, we thank You for all that we have in this world to guide, fulfil, and nourish us each day. We pray for those that have lost and for those that are without what’s most important to them. We see and know suffering across this earth, and we pray that Your love and light will reach these people at their most crucial time of need. We pray that, even in their most challenging situations, Your angels will rejoice in their salvation very soon. Amen.
Action: Appreciate all that you have today as it can so easily be lost to time, sickness, or negligence. Give thanks to God for all His provisions and never take them for granted. Cherish that which is most important to you and find comfort in the love of Jesus and His grace.
This Thought was written by Max Inchcoombe