So excited about the #FiveMinuteFriday word prompt today! I was up at 3:45 this morning anxious to get the thought the Lord had given me on to paper. The word is FIND and you can read other takes on it over at Kate’s place! Feel free to share this urgent message.
I was thin once. In another lifetime it seems. Pregnant with my middle riddle, I had only gained 14 pounds by the time I was full term. I actually left the hospital at the same weight I had started with. #hatersgonnahate
Unfortunately, I didn’t stay that way!
There I was just days away from delivery, rushing around the house trying to get a few things done when I realized I wasn’t wearing my wedding ring. Panic sat in quickly. I quizzed my five year old; he promised he didn’t take it. I dreaded to tell The Sweetheart but after searching the entire house I knew I had to have some help.
The ring was too big and I constantly played with it, taking it on and off as I was talking on the phone or watching television. Extremely long story short, The Sweetheart looked everywhere, even slitting the bottom of our 1986 People Lounger (remember those?!) hoping it could have lodged on one of the gears of the recliners. Being the hero, he even made his way under our house to the pipes of the bathtub to see if it could have went down the drain; all to no avail.
“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 neighbors, 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.” Luke 15:8-10 ESV.
This story of the woman and the ten silver coins is one of three that Jesus shared with the Pharisees and scribes who were mocking Him for “eating with sinners”. He also mentioned the One Lost Sheep and the Prodigal Son in his reply to their passing judgment. (Read all three here!)
Jesus came for one purpose: to seek and to save the lost. He was letting us know there is JOY in heaven when ONE, just ONE sinner gives his heart and life to God! I imagine them stopping whatever they are doing to rejoice that another has come home.
Unless you live under a rock in the desert you are surely aware that we are living in what the Bible termed “The Last Days”.
The Bible tells us that no one knows the day or the hour that the Lord will return for the Church, His Bride, but that we are to be ready at all times, continually reaching for those that are lost.
The enemy is very conniving with his tactics in these final hours. He has kept us so busy with LIFE that we don’t even think about those that we come into contact every day.
Do they know Jesus?
Where will they spend eternity?
Have we told them how much He loves them?
How He can change their lives here on this earth for the better?
That He will give them eternal life in a perfect heaven?
I never found my ring, it will soon be 29 years that I lost it. But it was something that “will pass away” as the Bible says. I couldn’t have taken it with me so it doesn’t matter for eternity. But my neighbor, my co-worker, my cousin or spouse does matter. Jesus died for them as much as He did for me and if I don’t tell them He is coming soon, that He can give them joy in this life, who will?
Light a lamp, sweep the house, find them.