Saturday, July 18, 2009

Light a Lamp

8 "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? 9 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.' 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
Luke 15:8-10, English Standard Version

Light a Lamp

Jesus often spoke in parables to his disciples to illustrate a truth. The parable in Luke 15 is sometimes lost to us, because it is hard for us to imagine losing one coin, and then calling together our friends and neighbors to tell them we have found it.

For the sake of comparison, let us say that you received a check made out to you for one million dollars, and you lost the check. How hard would you try to find that check. Talk about spring cleaning! You would light a lamp in every room, upturn all of the furniture, sweep all of the cobwebs from under the beds, look in every nook and cranny, and go through every drawer in your house to find that check.

Now, your house is totally clean, and you still have not found the check! Imagine your joy when, on the next rainy day, you discover the check in the pocket of your rain coat. Now that would be worth throwing a party, would it not?

Now that we have a better perspective of the reality of that woman's joy, we can better understand verse 10.

"Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of heaven over one sinner who repents."

Verse 7 in this same chapter states,
So, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents."

I think it would not be out of context to insert the word, "more" into verse 10 as well.

We are so earthly bound that we cannot even come close to perceiving the spiritual activity that goes on all around us. Just think of the celebration in heaven by the angels of God when one sinner repents.

Do not take your salvation lightly, nor the salvation of those with whom you are in contact each day. Think of the joy in heaven when one person you are in contact with every day sees the light of God in your life and comes to Christ. Should we not experience that same joy as well?

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16, New International Version

God Bless You,

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