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Luke 15:8-10 – Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, saying, "Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost." Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents. (ESV)
One of the things that I have to do at work is to reunite the USB flash memory storage sticks with their owners, who are usually tired and forgetful students.
Sometimes there is no identification on the sticks anywhere to be found. Then, we are reliant on the students to realize that they have lost them, and come to seek them out from the collection of other orphaned sticks here in our office.
Some students come here straight away, all in a fluster, because their lost USB stick has the only copy of their dissertation or latest assignment saved on it. Sometimes, students are just unaware that they have lost it, until I send them an e-mail.
I have looked upon this pile of USB sticks, which sit here uncollected, labelled with the name of the owner, and wondered. The rightful owner of all human beings is God, but like lost sticks, people become separated from God through disobedience and neglect. But Jesus wants to connect with these lost souls. As I contact students to let them know we have their USB stick while they are not aware of it, in a similar manner, Jesus wants us to help Him to connect with those whose lives are not safe in Him.
Some of those whom we will meet today will be unaware that they have been lost. Possibly, they may never have had the opportunity to hear the story of God's love for them. Some will not care to be reunited or reminded of it either. So we must be patient. Others, like those of us who have already been found by Jesus, do want to be reunited and will rejoice with us for letting them know, as heaven, too, will rejoice!
Peace and reconciliation in Jesus is profound, and those of us already in the kingdom may be lured to take it for granted, and yet Jesus, as He reveals in today's parable, will not give up until He finds the lost ones. Finally, when they wake up to His searching them out, the rejoicing in heaven will start, as the Holy Spirit flows!
Jesus treasures the lost, in their uniqueness and in all they are. May we be called today to play our part in His getting in touch!
Prayer: Lord, thank You for saving us, not leaving us here to be lost and forlorn. Enable us to play our part in bringing Your good news to those who presently may not even know that they are lost and are being diligently sought out by Your love for them. We rejoice with praise and worship as You choose to reach out to the lost through us, to bring a message of reunion with Yourself. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
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