“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not 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 (NIV)
Do you know who the lost coins are? Yes, they are the people who don’t know you. Do you know where the lost people who don’t know me are living right now? Are they living in my own house? Yes, they are in your family, circle of close friends, workplace and church. You may not have thought about it but the person sitting next to you right now might not know me and be lost for eternity. Why are you telling me this now? This is your wake up call. I want you to go into action for me. What would you like me to do for you? I want you to begin to search diligently for all those who are lost. You won’t have to go far at all, just a few steps in many cases. It’s very important that you realize the true condition of many of the people you know and love. There are many that are lost and without hope for all of eternity. I don’t know them. They don’t know me.You know me and I know you.Yes, and for that I am very thankful. But, you know these lost ones that I am referring to, don’t you? Yes Lord, I do. I do too. I’m not willing to let any one of them perish. How about you? Are you willing to let someone you love go into eternity without me as their Savior and Lord. No Lord, I am not. That’s good, then we are in agreement. What can I do? Where can I start? How can I reach out to them? First, you need to make the decision that you are determined to reach them for me. You will need to have some urgency, passion, and commitment in response to this work that I am calling you to do for me. I do, but I will need your help. You will have all the help you need from me. Next, I want you to shed some light on the situation. How can I do that? You can begin to pray diligently and urgently for those around you who are lost. The time for being unaware and in the dark is over. As you are praying, make sure that there is nothing in your life or in your house that will hinder my working through you. Do a clean sweep. It is time to take out all the trash. Do you understand what I am saying? Yes Lord, I do. That’s good. Finally, watch for opportunities to testify on my behalf. Testify? Yes, speak up. Be prepared to tell others the reason you have for the hope of eternal life in you. It is not enough that your life is a witness for me. The witness of your life must be accompanied by your words; otherwise those who are lost will not hear the message. There is another decision that you will have to make. What’s that? Are you willing to speak up and share the good news of forgiveness and salvation in me? Yes Lord, I am. Finally, get ready to rejoice with me. Why is that? We will rejoice together as those who are lost are found. Is a harvest coming? Yes, it is and you are one of my laborers in it.
Lord, when I was lost you pursued me. You didn’t give up on me. You turned my life around and brought me to faith in you. In that heaven rejoiced. Use me now to help others who are lost to come to believe and have faith in you. Amen
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