The Parables of the Lost Sheep, Lost Coin and Lost Son (Luke 15:1-32)
“There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance” (Luke 15:7). Reading through this passage, I am reminded of the times in my life when I have had the blessing of watching someone repent and accept Christ for the first time. It is absolutely beautiful and there are few experiences in the Christian walk that compare to watching this event occur in someone’s life. In the parables of Luke chapter 15, the word “Rejoice” (Verses 6, 9, & 32) is used to describe the excitement and celebration surrounding the sheep, coin and son that were once lost and then were found. How often in our daily lives do we miss out on this opportunity to REJOICE because we don’t often enough take the time to share the message of Christ with those we encounter every day? These parables should challenge us to recognize the opportunities and doors that God may be opening for us to share the gospel so that those around us who are lost can experience the power of salvation.
Ten Healed of Leprosy (Luke 17:1-19)
What would it have been like that day, to be one of the ten men healed of leprosy after years of watching my body being eaten away by disease, experiencing all the suffering that comes with the disease, and living as an outcast of society away from everyone I loved? What would it have been like to be given a healthy body and a new chance at life in an instant? I imagine I would experience emotions of shock, disbelief, awe, extreme joy, weeping and the list goes on. I cannot imagine being one of the nine individuals that never returned to glorify God and fall on my face at His feet. Yet, so often in my own life I am guilty of the same sin of these nine men. God has richly blessed me with so much more than I deserve or need, yet I forget on a daily basis to simply take the time to praise Him. When was the last time in your life that you were so overwhelmed by the provision and blessing of God, that you fell on your face at His feet to bring Him glory?