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.’
Jesus continues His lesson about seeking that which is lost with this story of a woman searching for a lost coin. While a single coin may not seem important to us, it was to her. It was worth a days wages according to scholars, and may have been part of a wedding gift or dowry. In any case, she makes a diligent effort, looking for it until it is located, and then celebrates its return.
The point Jesus is making to us is this: if we exert such effort to seek after lost sheep and lost coins, how much more should we seek our brothers and sisters, the last, least and lost that He points us to find? We are to be more concerned for others than for things. Those who do not know a relationship with the Lord are lost indeed.
Jesus calls us to be connected to God and to help others make that connection as well. Our Great Commission from Him is to “go make disciples of all the world” (Matthew 28:19), sharing His truth and His love with everyone. May we be faithful in our task.
Gracious God, we are humbled that You call us to be part of Your work. Help us to seek those who are lost as Jesus did, and show them the joy of a relationship with You. Amen.