It’s easy to live our lives every day and never really notice lostness. It’s everywhere around us. Lost boys – lost girls – men – women. I think the reason is, they don’t know they’re lost. If they did – they would be looking to be found. So… we tend to forget too.
Jesus reminds us of this today with two illustrations. First with the Lost Sheep – then with the Lost Coin.
Jesus spent much of his time with lost people. Sometimes some very undesirable people – at least they were undesirable to the religious elite. They were never undesirable to Jesus. This brings up a point – we can’t really reach lost people if we’re not around them. Or… if when we are, we forget they are lost and that our primary job is to help them find their way to Jesus.
The culture of the day was very familiar with sheep. They were everywhere. They ate them, used them for sacrifices, clothes and more. Many of the men were shepherd boys at one time or another and understood Jesus’ analogy. When one sheep was lost – the shepherd left the others to go and find them. When he did there was a celebration.
Jesus then moves to an illustration that women would more clearly understand. He said if a woman had 10 silver coins and lost one – what would she do? She would search diligently until she found it.
Jesus point was clear – men and women are worth more than sheep and coins. Why shouldn’t we be just as persistent to reach the lost humanity around us as we are to find animals and money?
Then Jesus drives this home in verse 7…
In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine who are righteous and haven’t strayed away.
Do you have your lost antennas up? Are you aware of the spiritual condition of the people around you? Have you even thought about it?
- Who could you begin praying for today that may be lost around you?
- What plan could you think of to get the Gospel to them?
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor