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Lost and Found #3: The Lost Coin

Jesus continues with His stories about the joy of finding that which was lost.  First, in Luke 15:3-7  it was the shepherd finding the lost sheep. Now In Luke 15:8-10 it is the story of a woman finding her lost coin.  Of her ten silver coins she had lost one,  probably a Greek drachma, equivalent to a Roman denarius; about a day’s wages.  It was probably part of her dowry given by her husband.  The Bible says she lit a candle and swept the house, searching diligently until she finally found it.  She was so happy that she called her friends and neighbors together and they rejoiced together.   

WHAT BEST DESCRIBES HEAVEN? 

 Certainly Heaven could be described by holiness, righteousness, peace and rest.  But the word that may best describe heaven is JOY!  Jesus, in Matthew 25:21 invites His good and faithful servants to “enter into the joy of Thy Lord”  God’s joy is eternal and we will share that joy with Him eternally.   

That joy begins to a limited degree from the moment we pass from death unto life when we receives Christ as our Saviour.  Oh, how I remember the joy and peace in my heart the night, as a nine year old boy, I put my trust in Christ and He saved me! 

As Peter puts it in I Peter 1:8 “we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”   

The Psalmist in Psalm 36:9 described God as a fountain of life. When we have God’s Spirit in our hearts through faith in Christ, life just starts bubbling up each day as fresh, pure water from a fountain.  

Jesus in John 4:14 described to the Samaritan woman this fountain of eternal life. “Whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him  shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” 

Isn’t that amazing!  We don’t just get a  cup of water when we are saved,  we get a fountain of pure fresh water in us that constantly supplies us with all the refreshing water we need for life, even into everlasting life. We have it for eternity.  

Psalm 16:11 speaks of the path of life for God’s children. He reminds us that in God’s presence is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore. 

You may have the pleasures of this world if you wish.  I choose the eternal pleasures of God any day to the fleeting pleasures of this world.   I enjoy those pleasures even now in this life,  for it is “in His presence” that we find eternal pleasures.  We don’t have to wait till we die and go to Heaven to enjoy His presence daily right now.  That’s the message of one of my favorite songs by Oswald Smith.    

“The Glory of His Presence”     

I have walked alone with Jesus in a fellowship divine,

Nevermore can earth allure me, I am His and He is mine.  

Chorus:

I have seen Him, I have known Him; for He deigns to walk with me;

And the glory of His presence will be mine eternally.

O the glory of His presence, O the beauty of His face.

I am His and His forever, He has won me by His grace.   

On the mountain I have seen Him, Christ my Comforter and Friend,

And the glory of that vision will be with me to the end.  

In my failure, sin and sorrow, broken heart and crushed and torn,

I have felt His presence near me, He has all my burdens borne.  

In the darkness, in the shadows, with the Saviour I have trod,

Sweet indeed have been the lessons, since I’ve walked alone with God.     

The Psalmist in Psalm 17:15 describes what it will be like for us when we are in His presence. “As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness. I shall be satisfied when I awake with Thy likeness.”   Romans 8:28-29 reminds us as Christians that Christ is in the process of daily conforming us to His image and He uses all sorts of good and seemingly bad things to bring that about.    

Jesus concludes the story of the joy of finding the  lost coin by likening it to the joy in Heaven over one sinner that repents.  Rather than deal with that topic here, I encourage you to go to my REPENTANCE link on this web site for a full treatment of that subject.   

One further thought before we conclude this study. I believe the coins could represent the woman (the Christian’s) spiritual gifts and talents.   God gives us those gifts for one reason only and that is to use them for His glory.  Those who fail to do so often find that they lose their talents and with it their joy.  Down in Babylonian Captivity, Judah sighed in Psalm 137  “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?  And then Judah along with every backslidden Christian agrees, ” If I forget Thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her skill. If I do not remember Thee (My God)  let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I prefer not (Thee) above my chief joy.”  But when she found her talents and used them for His glory, God restored the joy that only comes by serving Jesus.  What have you lost that needs to be found and given to your Lord and Saviour?

August 23, 2007 - Posted by | LOST and FOUND

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