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"Lost Treasures"


Then Jesus told them this parable: "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
Luke 15:3-7

Several years ago, I went on vacation. My house would be vacant for several weeks, so I put all my jewelry in a Ziplock bag and gave it to my friend Shelly for safekeeping. When I returned, Shelly gave me back the precious Ziplock. I brought it home and...it promptly disappeared.

The first couple of days, I just figured it was lost in the unpacking and would turn up. But the days turned into a week and I began to get worried. All of my jewelry that was even slightly expensive was in this Ziplock, but I was mostly concerned about some pieces that had been handed down to me from my late grandmother.

I began to pray for God to show me where it was. Still no jewelry. After a couple of weeks, I asked some friends to pray that it turn up. No jewelry. Increasingly desperate, I sheepishly asked my bible study group to pray about it. Still no jewelry. I was pretty upset by now, and rather obsessed with finding it. All my friends and family knew I had lost all my jewelry. I spent a good bit of time asking God to show me where it was hidden. It was very important to me that I find it, and the thought that it might be gone forever made me heartsick.

A couple of months later, still not having found it, I visited a Sunday School class. The teacher gave an excellent lesson on the parable of the lost sheep. As he was teaching, the Holy Spirit hit me over the head with that lesson. This is what He said, loud and clear,

"You have searched and searched and prayed and prayed for your lost jewelry. You have enlisted everyone you know to pray with you. How many lost sheep have you prayed for? Missy, do you care more about lost jewelry than lost people?"

After class was over, I sat in the courtyard of the church and sobbed, full of conviction and truly heartsick at the truth of the revelation.


That very evening at home, I opened a dresser drawer - one that I had opened every single day - and the Ziplock fell from the tracks where it had been lodged and appeared before my eyes. I was grateful it was found. But instead of calling all my friends to celebrate, I stared at that bag, smiled sadly, and begged God to renew my heart to seek what he seeks, and to rejoice over what he rejoices over.

Tonight I read in my bible study that in Luke 19:41-42, when Jesus wept over those in Jerusalem whom had rejected his peace, the Greek word klaio is used for wept, which indicates the strongest expression of grief. Jesus wailed for the lost - an agonizing scream of grief! His heart's desire is that none should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

Do I feel this same pain for so many in this word who are do not know him as Lord? Do I cry over my family and friends who do not believe?

Heavenly Father, our Good Shepherd, thank you for seeking and finding us when we were astray. Now please change our hearts to truly grieve for those who do not know you. Please use us to find and love the lost among us, that there may be rejoicing in heaven, for Your glory. Amen.



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16 Comments:

Blogger Denise said...

This was really lovely.

February 11, 2008 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Wow - what a beautiful illustration of God's heart for people who do not know him. I'm sorry you had to go through all that pain, but wow, the Lord is using your story as a powerful way of connecting to HIS STORY!

Thanks for this good word.

February 12, 2008 at 3:34 AM  
Blogger JanMary said...

A wonderful illustration to this truth. Thanks for sharing.

February 12, 2008 at 4:37 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

This story itself sounds just like it could have been in the Bible! You are amazing, Missy. Thanks for sharing this so vulnerably.

February 12, 2008 at 6:14 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing that story! God is so powerful!

February 12, 2008 at 6:27 AM  
Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

Very convicting.

February 12, 2008 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Kinda puts things in perspcetive doesn't it. Thanks for the gentle reminder.
Smiles!

February 12, 2008 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Christie@tisbutaseason said...

Very powerful message, Missy. Often I forget to have the heart of Jesus when it comes to lost friends/family. Thanks for the reminder.

BTW, I clicked over to your blog and saw the update. I think the 'bait & switch' factor is fabulous! :) What a sense of humor God has!

February 12, 2008 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Amy B said...

God has such a way with speaking to us, doesn't He?

Thank you so much for sharing this. It was very eye opening.

February 12, 2008 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

I want to clarify something...

I don't think this means we need to pray to God about our own needs any LESS. I still think it was ok to pray for my jewelry to be found. (And God answered that prayer.)

I think it is not just ok, but it is God's desire that we pray for EVERYTHING - God's word says pray without ceasing. That means everything from the war in Iraq to losing your keys. So much of prayer is about relationship, and God showing you where your keys are helps greatly to build that relationship.

I just think we need to try and pray for others as well, and it so totally goes against my selfish sin nature to do that, that God gave me a big fat reminder.

Grace and peace,
Missy

February 12, 2008 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger ChristiS said...

Oh man, Missy, now you're steppin' on my toes, girl! Thank you....I needed this!

February 12, 2008 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger windycindy said...

Well said! Thanks,Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

February 12, 2008 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Wow. Wow, wow, wow. You really know how to pierce the heart with the truth. Wonderfully written, brilliant insight.

February 12, 2008 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

What a great illustration - it was truly edifying for me :)

~Heather

February 13, 2008 at 5:56 AM  
Blogger Praise and Coffee said...

Awesome illustration Missy!!

Sue

February 13, 2008 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Wow, Missy, yes! God's truth is the same, always! He revealed the same truth to us in very different ways. Shivers me timbers! Thanks for linking me, not tacky at all! Blessings!

February 17, 2008 at 8:22 AM  

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