Website counter

The Parable of The Lost Coin Made Simple

(Luke 15:8-10)

Have you tried losing something? Did you ever lose your wallet? Or your credit cards? Did someone ever ring you up and said, “You left your wallet at my place.”
Was there a time when you wanted to have cappuccino with a friend but when you looked at your wallet, there was nothing there? You thought you had $5 aside in it. But you forgot that you used the $5 for some milk and bread.

Have you lost your peace? Your joy? When you were saved, you must have been very excited that Jesus had given His life for you. It felt like He had installed spring in your steps and all things were new and better. Colors looked different. Things were vibrant. Moments were joyful. You were so blessed. You felt so happy, excited and safe.
Then you started attending church. Religion slowly set in; there were rule upon rule upon rule. And without noticing it, the joy left. What happened? Why have things turned sad?
You were eager to learn; but every time you asked questions, you were told that you were just trying to disturb the meetings, that everyone was going to get a say in the Bible study. You were not allowed to ask questions or speak all the time.

I think sometimes we look at the woman in this parable differently. She lost one of her ten silver coins. Maybe we ask, "What's the use of looking for that coin? She still had nine of them.”
"She lights a lamp, sweeps the house, search carefully until she finds it. And when she finds it she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying "Rejoice with me for I found the piece which I've lost." Likewise, I say to you there is joy in the presence of angels of God when one sinner who repents. (Luke 15:8b-9)

Do you know that the 53 videos of the parables that I am sharing here are being transcribed by a couple of ladies in the Philippines for only $2.50 an hour? Here in Australia, a good transcriptionist charges at least $20 per hour. That's almost ten times the price. Both of these women from the Philippines wanted the job. In fact, one of them under cut the other just so she could get the project because she desperately needed money.

Well, going back to the woman in the parable, we might think that losing one of the ten coins wouldn’t bankrupt her. We probably don’t consider that someone who owns ten coins would actually need all of them. But what if she needed all ten of them to pay the rent? What if the rent was fifteen and so with her ten, she was trusting God for another five. If that was the case, losing one would be a big calamity.

Most of us live in a world where there are plenty of money to buy DVDs, MP3 players, flat screen TVs, iPods, books, go to the movies, hang out for coffee, hamburgers, take away fast food, anything our heart desires - we can buy.

We don't really mix with the people who don't have enough money. They don't have any food in the cupboard. You don't know what it's like to lose $1 of your $10 for it to break your heart. I can tell you something, a woman wouldn't turn over her whole house to find one coin if it wasn't important to her, if she didn't need it.

Similarly, this is what Jesus said, that the angels rejoice when one sinner repents. Jesus taught the parables in a series. First, it was the parable of the lost sheep. A man had 100 sheep and he left the 99 to find one sheep that went astray. And then he taught the parable of the lost coin. Jesus had a wide audience. He was teaching tax collectors, sinners and the Pharisees. He did three parables in a row, the lost sheep, the lost coin and the prodigal son.
To the Pharisees, Jesus was giving a bit of a rebuke saying, "How dare you say that I can't mix with tax collectors and sinners. They're the ones that need to be saved and brought back to the flock. They are the lost sheep of the one hundred. They are the lost coin of the ten. They are the prodigal son. How dare you judge me? I'm here for them."
Jesus always mixed with the tax collectors and sinners. As He sat down with them, He shared motivational and exciting stories where He made them feel that they were precious to God and their souls were worth saving. Can you imagine what these people must have felt? Jesus was eating with them. This man who was called the Messiah, the famous Rabbi gave them such an importance. They must have felt very important!

I have mentioned Heidi Baker in one of the chapters of this book. She has planted ten thousand churches and taken ten thousand orphans off the street. Once, God gave me a prophecy about her and I sent it to her husband. She wrote me four emails, thanking me. You know, I was so touched that someone who's making such a huge impact in the world would even write to me. It's amazing. I was so happy. I went to a conference; she laid hands on my head and prayed that I be healed of my mental illness. And I've seen a marked change in me. Having her write an email had meant so much to me. I've got her letters framed in my house like a doctor puts his bachelor and MBA degrees on his office walls. Heidi’s letters are so precious to me.
Well, that’s just a woman; that's not Jesus. You imagine how precious these tax collectors and sinners felt in the presence of Jesus. And here in this parable, He was saying that, "If I lost you guys, I'd turn my whole house upside down to try and find you. And when I found you I'd call all my neighbors around and we'd have a big party because I found you. You're so precious to me."

If you are a Christian, you might think that this parable has got nothing to do with you because you are already saved. So we sit in the church and say, "It's a nice parable, it's so nice, nice, nice."

But let me tell you, this has a couple of applications for the Christians too. Here they are:
First of all, if you're a Christian who’s having problems with lust, masturbation and pornography, Jesus is going to have a huge party one day when you conquer that. When you come to a place of repentance, where you just feel so loved and forgiven by God, Jesus will be so happy to welcome you back. When you surrender those emotional wounds of rejection, pain and suffering and allow God to minister His love and healing into those hurting areas in your life to a point when you reach a stage where you totally reject pornography, there's going to be such a celebration in heaven for you. Jesus just wants you out of the trap of guilt and shame. Jesus just wants you free.

That is just one area, Studies show that 48 percent of Christian men have problems with pornography because it's so free, easy on the net. So Jesus will celebrate when you're free of that. When you're free of swearing, of gossip, of any habitual sin, His angels will have a party seeing you so free. Now, does it apply to you?

Nearly every Christian has a besetting sin. God wants to set us free through the power of His Holy Spirit and His blood. He wants you to know how much He loves you; that your sins are as far as the east is from the west. The scripture says that “your sins I will remember no more”. He doesn't even know what you did yesterday.

And the second application to this is: let us not be like a Pharisee. When we see people in sin – the homosexuals, the drug addicts, the prostitutes, the down and out, the broken hearted, the drunk, the gambler, the divorced or the people whose marriages are not working out right, the gossipers or the lonely – love them. When you see all those hurting people, share your love with them. Welcome them into your house. Talk to them as though they’re clean, fresh, holy and righteous, because they are. As Christians they're wearing righteous robes of Jesus Christ. They just need a fix up.
Don't be like the Pharisees and be angry with Jesus for being compassionate. The fact is that: Jesus actually loves these messed up people. You'd be the bridge. You’d bring Jesus to them. You reach out to these broken hearted people. Help them come out of sin.
In closing, if you have a sin that you are struggling to conquer, know that this was written for you. You can overcome sin with the grace of God and the help of the Holy Spirit. There will be great praise in heaven when you do.

For many years, God has been using me to give people personal prophecies. For four years now, I have operated a web site offering free personal prophecy helped by a team of ten prophetic people. During this time I have made thousands of prophecies, and you could say that I cut my prophetic teeth on those virtual pages. I have recently given away that free personal prophecy web site, but I am still available to offer a prophecy to any person who is willing to make a donation to help disburse the expenses of my continuing ministry. Please feel free to go to my video page to see for yourself the quality of my prophetic words over important people in ministry and regular Christians, as well as read the feedback I have received. When you feel satisfied that you would like a video prophecy for yourself, trust the Lord to guide you as to how much you are willing to donate to my ministry, then press the Paypal button below to fill out your details. Please note there is a section where not only can you write your details but also ask any specific questions you might have for the Lord. I sincerely look forward to ministering to you personally