© 2012 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
“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? And 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.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:8-10). Jesus leaves no doubt. People get lost spiritually. God does everything He can to retrieve us, and He celebrates excitedly when safety is secured by our repentance.
When Jesus told the parable, a silver coin was a day’s wage. Living from day to day, saving ten coins was incredible. The coins were meant to buy something special. Or the woman’s coins may have been part of a headdress that was a family heirloom, her dowry, and a wedding ring all in one. Lost, the coin was worthless. So is a life that neglects God’s purpose and plan.
Here is a plea to parents. Each child has a soul too valuable to ignore. Some moms and dads give their children no religious upbringing whatsoever. Some parents are even outright anti-God. Their kids grow up with two strikes against them. Like a coin, they end up lost — in part — through the carelessness of parents.
Some parents provide a religious upbringing for their children, but it’s the wrong religion. Only one way is right (Proverbs 14:12, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Ephesians 4:4-6). Children raised in unbiblical religions easily go through life with a spiritual blind spot. Like a coin, they end up lost — in part — through the carelessness of parents.
Parents, let’s “bring them up in the nurture and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).