Hide & Seek

07 Sep

A post from several years ago about seeking Christ.

8“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? 9And 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.’ 10Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  Luke 15:8-10

Recently at work several of us had to work overnight a couple of nights in a row to put out new clothes for the summer.  On the second night of this I was working on changing out the window displays.  For part of the display I had to take apart a wooden cube fixture that I had built the previous month, which meant unscrewing the brackets that held the cubes together.  In the middle of doings so someone needed to ask me a question and I walked over to where they were so I could assist them.  I still had the screwdriver in my hand and before I got back to the area where I was working, I laid the screwdriver down.  I spent the next fifteen minutes or so looking for the screwdriver.  When I found it I was able to get back to work and finish my task.

The woman in this parable loses something even more valuable than a screwdriver.  She lost a coin; the coin probably represented about a day’s wages, and was a tenth of what she possessed.  She searched frantically for her coin, until she found it.  Although I did not search as frenetically as this for the screwdriver I did search until I found it.  As I think about her searching for the coin and my searching for the screwdriver, something significant strikes me; neither the coin nor the screwdriver were able to assist in the search.  They were incapable of shouting out, “hey, I am over here”, or “look here”, or “here I am”.  This made the search a one way affair.

As I consider this in the context of God searching for us, I see something beautiful.  We are not as the coin of the screwdriver.  We are able to seek God as He seeks us.  We are not inanimate objects just waiting to be found.  We are able to respond and to go to God.  Most, though, have no idea that God is even looking for them.

As followers of God I think we have a responsibility to let all those in our life know that God is seeking them and wanting a relationship with them.  I think we do this through our words and through our actions.  We have to be living in a way that causes them to wonder what makes life different for us.  We have to life with a joy and peace that can be found nowhere but in Christ alone.  We also have to convey God seeking them through our words.  We must tell them about Christ and His love for them.

Today I urge you to make certain that those around you know that God seeking them out and wanting to find them.

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Posted by on September 7, 2012 in Bible, Culture, Life


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