Lost & Found 3 — God Will Find Us
Updated: May 24, 2020
Chan Gin Kai
“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.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:8-10)
Our last article explores the parable of The Lost Sheep, and how we get lost sometimes. Today’s article will focus on The Lost Coin… on God’s determination to find us.
God Wants Us Back
What touches me most about this parable is how earnestly the woman looked for her lost coin. We find the same in the shepherd for his lost sheep too.
The woman lit a lamp because it was already night time. Then she swept the whole house, and she searched carefully. The way Jesus described her, we can sense a hint of desperation. I can picture her ransacking the drawers, shifting the furniture, peering into every nook and cranny.
Why not wait until daybreak when it gets brighter? Why not get a good night’s rest and try the next day? After all, the coin was not going to go anywhere. It won’t get more lost than what it already was. But we’ve all searched desperately for something precious before, and we won’t wait calmly till the next day. No, we want it back, as soon as possible.
Just as the woman worked fervently to find her lost coin, the shepherd showed a similar intensity. He was willing to leave the 99 other sheep behind to look for the lost sheep. This is not to be mistaken as his neglect of the 99, but his strong desire to find the lost one. In the case of the lost sheep, the stakes were higher, as it could get devoured by a predator.
For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession. (Deuteronomy 7:6)
We are God’s treasured possession. We are far more precious to God than the coin to the woman, and the sheep to the shepherd. And in our case, the stakes are even higher, for the predator is the devil and the consequence is hell.
God wants us back, desperately.
God Spares No Effort
In the same way that the woman and the shepherd worked strenuously to find what they lost, God spares no effort in finding us. He sacrificed Jesus so that we can be reunited with Him.
The problem is, many of us wrongly assume that the onus is on us, and the hard work required is all ours to make. We think God has already done His part by sending Jesus to die for us, and the ball is now in our court. We imagine the path back to God requires Herculean efforts, as though that in some way proves us worthy.
Do the coin and the sheep need to prove themselves worthy?
Please pardon my stupid question, but I really had to ask it to show how silly our thoughts can be sometimes. It has never been about worthiness. The shepherd wanted the sheep back because it was his. The woman wanted the coin back because it was hers. God wants us back because we are His treasured possession. We are precious not because of our merit, but because of how He values us. Worthiness was never in the picture.
Thinking that the task of seeking God is all ours to make grossly underestimates God’s love for us.
The fact is, God loves us more than we love ourselves. He is more concerned about our salvation than we are, and He is more eager to find us than we are to find Him. He has done His part, but His effort continues. Like the shepherd and the woman, He’ll never stop doing His utmost to find us. He will relentlessly seek us, woo us, spur us and challenge us till we’re back with Him.
We do of course need to play our part, and the path is indeed not easy. But it’ll be a mistake to think that God leaves it to us alone. He is actively involved in our lives, and will continue to do so till the day we die. He longs to have us back with Him, by His side, in His embrace.
We may get lost sometimes, but do not fear, God will find us.
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Chan Gin Kai
Gin Kai is a film producer who believes in the power of media to inspire positive changes. He has spearheaded disaster relief and capacity building projects in impoverished communities across Asia. He serves actively in the Central Christian Church and describes himself as “just a sinner who wants to get right with God”.