No Longer Lost
Day: 21 | Plan: Luke
Today’s Reading: Luke 15
Luke 15:9 (NIV) “And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’”
I love a good adventure, but I don’t like feeling lost. If I’m completely lost, my prayer is that someone will come searching for me.
Luke 15 tells us God is always looking for us when we are spiritually lost. We are never so far away that He stops looking for us. We are never so hidden that we are completely out of His sight. We are never so adrift that He doesn’t long to welcome us home.
In Luke 15, Jesus tells three different parables, but each focuses on someone or something being lost: A sheep. A coin. A son. In each story, we glimpse how God searches for that which is so precious to Him.
Lost and Separated
In the first parable in Luke 15:4, a sheep is lost. The farther it travels, the more lost he becomes. The shepherd finds him, throws him across his shoulders and takes him safely home.
There are many things that can make us feel a million miles from God.
We are hurt, so we isolate. We aren’t ready to follow Him, so we take our own path. Perhaps it started as an adventure, but now we feel utterly lost.
God is the Shepherd who never stops searching. There is no distance so far, no pit so deep, that He doesn’t look for us.
Lost in the House
In the second parable, a woman searches her entire house, sweeping every inch of the floor until a lost coin is found. In delight, she places it with the other nine coins.
Is it possible to be in a church—the house of God—and be lost? One of the loneliest feelings is to sit among other believers, and wonder where your faith has gone. Perhaps we used to worship with joy, but that is missing. Perhaps we hang back due to hidden sin. God is the light, sweeping over the church through the Holy Spirit.
He searches until we are found, seeking to restore the joy of our faith.
Lost His Way
The independent son squanders everything his father has given him. He has lost his way, but knows where to find home. He doesn’t know what to expect, but he’s willing to live as a servant. As he approaches home, he sees his father waiting, arms open wide.
Sometimes we don’t know what we have until we’ve left it behind. Our relationship with God didn’t seem precious, until we experienced what the world has to offer. So we come home, head hanging low. God sees our repentant heart, and waits for us.
We once were lost, but now …
In each story, the lost thing is found and there is joy in the finding.
There is also joy in being found. When we realize that God is searching for us, we don’t hide away in shame. We delight in being found by a God who loves us.
There’s work to do in our heart, but He’ll show us the way. We can’t help but celebrate, for we once were lost, but now we’re found!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You searched for me and that wrecks my heart in a beautiful way. The only place I want to be is at home in my faith and in my relationship with You. I come to You with my need, my heart wide open with love for You. Begin a new work in me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
In the first part of this chapter (Luke 15:1-2), Jesus teaches to a large crowd. Sinners and tax... Read More
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