A Sense of Urgency
A woman has ten valuable silver coins and loses one. Won't she light a lamp and look in every corner of the house and sweep every nook and cranny until she finds it. And then won't she call in her friends and neighbors to rejoice with her? In the same way there is joy in the presence of the angels of God when one sinner repents. Luke 15: 8-10 (TLB)
Search for him and for his strength, and keep on searching! Psalm 105:4 (TLB)
Recently, Travis Teague, from North Carolina, and his wife pulled into a restaurant parking lot and noticed a vehicle backing out had something on the rear bumper. As they got closer, Travis could see it was a wallet. He jumped out, grabbed the wallet, and went to the driver's door. The driver had a surprised look on her face, not quite sure what Travis was doing. But as soon as he held the wallet up, her eyes brightened with relief and thankfulness.
Today's scripture story shows how Jesus used our feeling of urgency when we've lost something to illustrate a point about salvation. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, searches intently for us; but sometimes Travis wonders how hard we search for Jesus. Do we have that same sense of urgency when it comes to following him and sharing the good news? Sometimes we may find that we've left Jesus on the rear bumper of our lives. We focus too much on our wants and needs and distance ourselves from Jesus - not realizing we've left our most valuable possession behind.
We can always ask God to rekindle our urgency to seek and to share the love of Jesus. No matter how far we may have traveled, God is always there, ready to forgive and welcome us back.
Prayer: Dear God, forgive us when we forget to prioritize our faith, and help us to pursue your wisdom as we journey day by day, in Jesus' name. Amen.