Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Monday, January 14, 2013

Lost and Found

Monday Meditations

Lost and Found
“There is joy . . .  over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15:10).

While shopping recently, I overheard a mother comforting her small child.
“Let’s go to the ‘Lost and Found’ office,” she said. “We’ll ask the man if he’s found your doll.”
          “But, Mother,” her daughter asked, “how could the man find my doll? He doesn’t even knows it’s lost.”
          Jesus taught about losing something and then actively searching to find it: a man who had 100 sheep, but lost one (Matt. 18:10-14); a woman who lost one of her 10 silver coins (Luke 15:8-10). In these biblical accounts, great happiness occurred when diligent searching found the lost sheep and the lost coin.
          Ending the parable of the lost coin, Jesus said, “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15:10). But repentance occurs only after a sinner realizes his lost condition.
          Sinners must actively seek redemption through Jesus Christ’s sacrificial blood (Eph. 1:7). Through God’s grace, Jesus can pluck them from their sins’ darkness. He will forgive those sins, making a person fit for the kingdom of God (Col. 1:13-14). But a sinner must first seek salvation before he can find it.
          Have you been lost and found? If not, repent and be sorry for your sins. Ask God to forgive you for them. Accept His Son Jesus as Lord in your life. Rejoicing will occur when you are no longer lost but are found.

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Till next time ... keep on smiling.

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