In Luke 15, Jesus tells three stories; one about a lost sheep, another about a lost coin and finally, a lost son. Today, I want to talk about the lost coin.
Jesus wasn’t telling the Pharisees and scribes about a particular woman who was looking for a lost coin, but He asked them, “What woman (the church is referred to as ‘her’), having ten pieces of silver, if she loses one piece, lights a candle, sweeps the house, and seeks diligently until she finds it?” Unlike the lost sheep and lost son, this coin didn’t have legs so it couldn’t leave the house, but the one thing they all had in common was that they were not in their rightful place. We are lost when we leave God’s way to do things our way. We are lost when we try to fit in where we don’t belong. We are lost when we leave where we are to look for something better. If you had 100 sheep and one of them left, you may not notice it, but when you’re missing, God knows it. When God called unto Adam and asked where he was, what He was really asking was, Why did you leave your spiritual position? I gave you dominion over sin, but now sin has dominion over you because of your disobedience. You are not in your place. You are under what I put you over.
The scriptures tell us that the first thing the woman did was light a candle, but the only reason you would light a candle is if you couldn’t see. So actually, the first thing she did was recognize that she was in darkness. The moment you realize that something is missing or that things aren’t working out the way they should be, the first thing you should do is go to the word of God. The word is a lamp unto your feet and it is able to walk you right out of darkness. If you seek God with all your heart, you will find Him – and no, He is not lost. A woman of God preached a few months ago, ‘You didn’t lose God. You just left Him. Return to your first Love’ (Revelation 2:4). God is light and darkness can’t hide from Him. When you find Him, you will find the answer.
Next, she sweeps the whole house – not one room. When this scripture was written, there was no linoleum, hardwood or carpet flooring. Her coin was hidden in the dust or dirt, but that doesn’t matter to God. He reveals the deep and hidden things. When you clean, you have to go into areas that are unclean. Today, ‘sweeping’ would consist of examining our hearts, repenting and renouncing our sins.
The last thing the woman does is seek diligently until she finds it. No matter how hard it gets or how long it would take, she was determined to find it. That’s how bad she wanted it. Now I understand why Jesus asked, ‘What woman’. Any other woman would have said, ‘Well, I have nine pieces left’ and stop looking, but that one piece was as valuable as all nine pieces put together. She knew what she once had and she wanted it back. What she lost was precious to her. This was HER coin. It belonged to her. When something is precious to you, it is too valuable and too important to be wasted. Jesus understood the value of what the Father gave him. That of all which He has given me, I should lose nothing (John 6:39). Anything precious comes with a high price, but we didn’t pray this price. Someone else paid it for us. I know this passage of scripture speaks about the joy over one who repents and I know Jesus was talking about how valuable we are to God, but how valuable is He to you? How important is what Jesus did to you? How much do you value your salvation? How much do you value your deliverance? How much do you value what God has given you?
Restoration would have never taken place had she not taken responsibility for what she did. I found the piece that ‘I’ lost (verse 9). She was careless. When you don’t know what you have or you don’t value what you have, you live carelessly. You do what you want to do because you think that what you have is yours, but everything you have belongs to God and we will be judged for what we did with what God gave us. If you don’t believe me, read the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30). We’ve lost some things due to sin, rebellion and disobedience, but if you confess your sins, God will forgive you. He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy (Proverbs 28:13). If you repent, God will restore.
Sometimes we take for granted the people or things God has placed in our lives, but please be careful how you handle and manage what you have. There are things that are easy to lose and I’m not saying that you won’t get it back, but sometimes it’s hard getting it back. Pleasures of sin are enjoyed for a season, but the pleasures in God’s right hand lasts forevermore (Hebrews 11:25; Psalm 16:11). Choose what will last forever. I’m not a gambler, but I bet you that once she found her coin, she never lost it again. This time she would be a good steward over what God gave her because she will always remember what she had to go through to get it.
At the end of these three parables, there was rejoicing, but the woman would have never rejoiced had she not persevered and endured. It wasn’t easy. It was a fight to get what rightfully belonged to her, but she refused to give up. I’m sure at some point she got tired, frustrated and wanted to quit, but she kept pressing. She probably even thought she would never get it back, but listen: You can either faint or reap, but you can’t do both.
I don’t know what’s missing or what was stolen from you, but whatever IT is, I just want you to know that if God promised it to you, it is yours. God is giving you another chance. Repent of your sins, seek the Lord and do what He tells you to do. Yes, you will have to fight, but you won’t be fighting it alone. Angels are assisting you in this battle, you will get it back and you will rejoice again.