All of us know what it is like to lose something valuable to us and then experience the joy of finding it after a period of time. When I was a senior in high school, I somehow lost my class ring at the church that I was attending at the time. Two weeks later, I got a call from a man who lived about ten miles out of town. He was out working in his yard and happened to find my ring. My name was engraved in it, and he somehow was able to track my name and number and return it to me.
It’s easy for valuable things to become lost. In contrast to the pain of losing something, there is a joy that a person experiences when he or she recovers that which was lost. The theme of Luke 15 is God’s joy in seeking and saving lost people. Jesus says that the salvation of lost men and women brings great joy to the heart of God. Jesus said that He came for the purpose of seeking and saving that which was lost. Jesus gives three parables to illustrate the joy and celebration that breaks out in heaven when it comes to recovering that which was lost.
If we are not careful, we can become detached and removed from the lives of those that Jesus came to save. Nothing will bring more joy to your soul as a Christian then living out the mission and purpose for which you have been saved. Nothing will bring more joy and revival to a church then when it gets serious about seeking and finding the lost.
For more, read Luke 15:1-32