Hello Friends! Welcome to my table! Pull up a chair and fill your cup with a warm drink for our chat time. Let’s open with prayer…
Father in Heaven, we gather here together to be blessed with a message from You. Please open our hearts and minds to hear what that message is today. In Jesus name, Amen.
As a mostly blind person, when I have dropped something on the floor or knocked something off the kitchen counter, my first thoughts are “Great! Now I have to try and find it.”
If someone is home, then I will ask for assistance finding it more quickly but if I am home alone, I must find the lost item on my own. This could take some time and effort.
The task begins down on my hands and knees and a sweeping and patting motion with my hands. Depending on what the item is, I may find it fairly quickly or it could take more time.
If I can’t seem to find it, I’ll wait until someone get’s home or I may even resort to face timing someone to help me look for it. Hey, technology isn’t all bad!
Once I’ve located the item, I breathe a sigh of relief and send up a little praise to God for finding it. If someone has helped me, I thank them right then and there. If I had to find it on my own, I may call my husband at work and explain what had happened and rejoice for a moment with him.
I imagine the story of the lost coin in Luke 15 about the woman looking for the lost coin…
Luke 15:8 – 9 “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.’” (ESV)
Notice that the coin is lost INSIDE the house. The coin represents a lost soul. The house represents the church. The woman is a symbol for the church in scripture.
There are precious souls sitting right next to us in church every week that are lost! They are going through the motions of attending church but feel no real connection to their savior. They read bible verses and sing all the hymns but don’t truly know Jesus. It is the responsibility of the church to minister to these lost souls as a church body. We must not assume that because someone is always “at” church that they are always “in” church.
We should be sweeping the church to look for those lost souls. We need to self-examine to see if WE may be the lost soul. Remember that the woman, AKA, the church, found the coin still in the house, AKA, still in the church.
Brothers and sisters, may we have our hearts and eyes and ears open to the heart cries of lonely lost souls in our very own churches. May we be the hands of Jesus sweeping the church and lighting lamps to find that lost soul.
Then… then when we find that lost coin… that lost soul… may we rejoice in celebration with shouts of praise and thanksgiving for finding that soul!
Now is the time for us to be lifting one another up in prayer, checking in on our church family, keeping in touch with that member we haven’t seen in months. Seek out the lost coins and sweep the corners to find them. Minister to them with prayer and a helping hand. Then rejoice with them and the rest of the church family that the lost coin has been found!
I so appreciate you joining me here each week. I look forward to chatting with you. Drop me a comment and let me know how you are doing! Blessings table family… blessings!