The Radio

July 17, 2014
by Lynne Phipps

Luke 15:4 – Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? (NIV)

I share my office at work with the ambulance crew. One day, the crew's chief misplaced a radio. She searched and searched but it was nowhere to be found. Yet still, she couldn't rest, even though there were other radios available. Why? Because all the radios were valuable and the loss of even one was important.

Finally, she drove out to the landfill and began to root through the garbage — a most unsavoury task — but lo and behold, that which was lost was finally found. And upon its discovery, she pulled it from the trash, clipped it to her belt, and returning to town, joyfully shared the good news.

People are valuable, too. Not just some people, but all people.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

In sending His one and only Son to earth to die for all mankind, God spared no expense or effort when it came to seeking the lost. Thus, as God's people, neither should we. How often do I, do we find ourselves not wanting to associate with certain people: the unwashed, the unsavoury, the hurtful, the ignorant, the liars, and the cheats, or just those who are simply different from us and our little group. Yet Christ died for each and every one of these people, including me and each one of us, for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

I was unwashed, unsavoury, hurtful, ignorant, a liar, and a cheat, and yet, in all-encompassing love and compassion, He sought me out until He found me.

Today, each of us will meet, talk to, rub shoulders with, or even just think of those who may not yet be found. As we do so, may our hearts be open and attentive to the leading of the Holy Spirit if He should prompt us to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ with them, just as it was once shared with us.

Prayer: Father God, may there be great rejoicing in heaven as You use Your people this day as holy instruments to share the life-saving, life-changing power of the gospel, that those who are lost may be found. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <lynnephipps@hotmail.com>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    AMEN, AMEN.


    Amen sister!


    Good reminder Lynne.


    Hi Lynne,
    A good witness. Thanks for sharing.


    Good message Lynne. As Christians, we should see the value in all people who are made in the image of God.
    Blessings.


    How timely your message is. In fact, my prayer this morning was that He would help me when I attend the wedding of a friend’s son. This family has been the object of my prayers for many years now. I asked the Lord to let me see them this weekend through the eyes of His faith and His Grace so that all my conversation would be according to His will, for the sake of His name … and their salvation. I must have received your prayers before I saw them.


    Good morning, Lynne
    As I read the story, I wondered how many would’ve actually driven to a landfill site to root through the garbage to find the lost radio? We tend to prefer the “easier” route — hunt in the obvious place(s) then stop. But that isn’t always what God wants us to do. Sometimes, HE wants us to dig deeper to find the treasure HE knows is there — whether it’s a lost article (like a radio) that’s been accidentally tossed aside or a lost soul that’s in need of guidance back to the right path.
    Thanks for your Devotional and please do continue to write!
    God bless.


    A great message assuring us God died for the entire human race and loves each of us to the very same degree. Often certain people feel they hold the very special key to salvation, yet as God’s word tells us salvation is for the whosoever will commit their lives to Him and that means even me.
    I loved this message. Thanks for sharing your thoughts today and also for the many wonderful works you have provided for our interest and challenge. You never forget to present the plan of salvation, which is indeed the intention of the entire word of God. He will bless you for your faithfulness.
    Bless you.


    Thanks Lynne. I am always in awe of the ability to find the tiniest of things when landfills are searched. Boggles my mind how they even know where to begin, what section. Thanks be to God your story is about finding a radio. So many times landfill searches are for something to provide evidence for a crime.


    Lynne – I loved it!

 



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