January 15                   Have You Lost It?

Luke 15:1-10 “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.  And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”  So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?  And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.  And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’  Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.  “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.’  Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  ESV

  1. Lost folks were drawn to Jesus
    1. They knew their need for Him
    2. They knew He cared for them
    3. They knew He would help them
  2. The Temple Elite were angry about this group and Jesus acceptance of them
    1. They were hard
    2. They were selfish
    3. They had lost something
  3. Jesus told them a parable
    1. Story to illustrate one point
      1. Shepherd love their sheep
      2. They will go and find them
  • They will search and search until they find the lost sheep
  1. They know the sheep are valuable
  1. The Temple Elite had lost their love for the lost people
    1. Those without a relationship with God
    2. They had lost their joy
  2. Jesus told them another parable
    1. A woman lost 10% of her money
      1. This money was important to her
      2. This money was valuable to her
  • This money may have meant the difference between hunger and fed
  1. She tore her house apart looking for this money
  2. She had great joy when it was found
  1. The Temple Elite had lost their view of the value of one person
    1. They had lost their joy for repentant sinners
  2. Do you still have your joy in soul winning?
    1. Does leading a person to God give you cause to rejoice?
      1. Or have you lost that joy?
      2. Have you become numb to the hope of salvation
  • Have you forgotten how important people are to God?
  1. How long has it been since you shared your story of God’s amazing work in your life?
  2. Have you lost it?
  1. Whether 1 in a 100 are found or 1 in 10, the joy is great
    1. Do not allow discouragement, laziness, fear or anything else steal your joy
    2. Help make the angels rejoice because of one sinner who repents
    3. You can bring joy to heaven
      1. Through leading someone to repentance
      2. Through your faith and obedience
    4. Requires work and tenacity
      1. Do NOT give up – KEEP LOOKING