And again, Jesus told a story.
“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 neighbors 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.” Luke 15:8-10
The woman had ten coins. During this time, it was not the face value of the coins that made them precious. It was what they represented. A woman collected silver coins as part of her dowry. These were sewn into her wedding veil to drape her forehead. It represented what she was bringing to the marriage. Nine would not do at all. She needed all ten of them.
But this one coin was not lost outside. A coin cannot wander off like the sheep. It was lost inside the house.
What could Jesus be telling them?
Are there people in the house who are lost? Are there people who have grown up in and around the church or in Bible believing families who know the right words? They know the language of repentance because they have heard it all their lives.
Is everyone in the church a true believer, a true follower of Christ?
The answer to that, sadly, is no. Being a follower of Christ, a Christian, is not about the right words that we say. It is about a heart change. The Bible tells us that we each must repent. We each have to come individually to Jesus and ask Him to forgive us and make us His. Maybe there are some who have grown up in the church and have just always attended. When the doors have been open, they have been there. But church attendance does not mean salvation. The scribes and Pharisees were examples of this. They spoke the words, but their hearts were far from the Lord. Being a believer is not about family or friends or which church we have been a part of. It is about an individual decision to come to Christ.
Jesus went on. The woman searched to find the lost coin. She hunted through the house to make sure that every one of her coins was in her possession. When she found it, she rejoiced. She called together her friends and neighbors.
Maybe we should make sure that every one of our precious ones is in. What conversations have we had with our family members about their decisions to follow Christ? What about Bible classes or small groups that we are a part of? Have we asked them to share their story of coming to Christ, so we can know for sure that all of our “coins” are found?
Jesus said, “I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
Do you want the angels to rejoice?
Share the hope of salvation so people can KNOW for sure they are followers of Christ.
Did the scribes and Pharisees get this one? No.