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“Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
(Luke 15:8-10)

As I get older, I find myself going through the same thing this woman went through. Where is that thing that I just laid down a moment ago? Where’s my glasses? What happened to that pen I just had in my hand? It was here just a moment ago. Am I getting more stupid as the days progress, or am I just getting old?

Or am I just like the Church?

We can take comfort that we still have 9 pieces of silver and that tenth piece is around here somewhere. It’ll turn up sooner or later. In the meantime, we have lots of other things to do that are more important right now.

Or do we?

Many of us may lament the loss of one piece of silver and will light a candle to find it, but if it doesn’t show up, we are satisfied that at least we made an effort to find it. We have tall white steeples to let everyone know where our churches are, we put our church in the local Church Directory for everyone to find us, and we’ve even put a sign out front to invite them in. We have lit our candle and are satisfied that we have done our best. But few of us are willing to sweep the house and turn it upside down in a desperate search for that one lost piece of silver, that one lost sheep.

The Lord doesn’t think like us. To Him, that missing piece of silver is every bit as important as the other nine. He would rather leave the 99 sheep to go find that one missing lamb than console Himself with the loss of even one.
It’s a matter of focus. What is the passion of your life? What are you really focused on? A true burden for souls gazes at neither self nor church, but looks past all that to focus on only one thing – lost souls. The Church, however, is becoming increasingly fixated on herself, and as a result, has lost that burden for that one lost piece of silver. She will light a candle, but will not sweep the house and search diligently until she finds it.
She is too busy with other things.

“Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.”
(Luke 13:26, 27)

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