A Diligent Search

Luke 15:8
Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

Each piece is valuable. The nine she has left do not make up for the one that is lost. The nine that are not lost do not change the fact that one is lost and must be found. And though millions of people have been saved down through the ages, that doesn’t mean that any left unsaved are not valuable and important and worth seeking out. God desires for all to be saved, and each lost person has a value that we cannot calculate because God has the same love for them as He does for His children. And we should also have a love for them and seek them out and desire that they be found safe and resting in the arms of Jesus.

This woman is willing to do whatever it takes to find her lost piece of silver. Because it matters to her, she seeks it diligently by first lighting a candle and shining a light. If we are to reach the lost people around us, we must shine the light of Jesus into every dark corner. Our lives must demonstrate His love and compassion and bear out a testimony of Him working in and through us. And we must proclaim the bright light of truth into the lie-infested world that the devil has cultivated. We must glorify our Lord so that He is visible to the groping, blinded people who are trapped in the darkness of sin.

Next in her search, the woman sweeps the house. She gets into every corner, under everything, behind everything. And God has given us the task to reach every corner of our world with the Gospel. We can support missionaries who can go where we can’t, and we can witness to people wherever we may come across them. There must be no place that we are unwilling to reach into with the message of God’s love and forgiveness.

The woman was diligent in her search. She looked for that coin until she found it. And the love of Christ pursues the hearts of men with that same earnestness. The Spirit of God works and moves and convicts until a decision is made one way or the other. The woman in the parable found her coin, and everyone could rejoice with her. But the truth is that not everyone will choose Jesus. Not everyone will be saved. But that doesn’t lessen the value of a person’s soul and should not lessen our determination to reach each one for the cause of Christ. Let’s remain faithful to the work that must be done so that heaven may rejoice over lost souls being found.

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