Perhaps you think you've sinned too much — that there is no hope for you. But Jesus has always reached out to sinners. In Luke 15:1-2, the Pharisees were questioning Him about this. Then, Jesus answered them with a three-part parable describing a little more about the character of man and a lot more about the character of God.
Man Is Worthless Like a Lost Coin. Luke 15:8-10 tells of a woman who has lost a silver coin. Jesus was referring to ten coins that would have been given to a woman by her husband. To have one missing would indicate unfaithfulness. Her coin was lost in darkness, dirt, and disgrace. Like this coin, an unsaved man is lost in darkness and in the filth and disgrace of his sin.
Man Is Wretched Like a Lost Son. Finally, beginning in Luke 15:11, Jesus refers to a son who left his father and chose to live a rebellious life. His sin led to depression, degradation, and starvation. And like this son, there is a gnawing hunger in every man's heart who does not know the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Shepherd shows the rescuing nature of the Lord Jesus Christ. John 10:11 says, "I am the good Shepherd: the good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep." Jesus' nature is to seek the lost. He came not primarily as a teacher or a healer but as a Savior. Luke 19:10 says, "For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
The woman shows the revealing nature of the Holy Spirit. In order to find her coin, the woman lit a candle. That's what God the Holy Spirit wants to do in your heart. And the woman also began to sweep her house. Through conviction, the Holy Spirit will sweep and stir up all of the filth and dirt in your life to reveal your condition.
The father shows the receiving nature of God the Father. Luke 15:20 says, "...when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." This is one of the most moving pictures in all of the Bible. What a picture of God the Father.
God loves you! The good Shepherd is seeking you; the Holy Spirit is shining His light on you; and God the Father has His arms open wide. Come home!
When we come to Him in repentance and faith, we are empowered-and expected-to live the Christian life not by trying, but by trusting. Faith is not only how we receive salvation, it is how we walk, day by day, in grace. Only by faith can we extend forgiveness to others, share God's truth, and leave a godly legacy. As the tapestry of your life unfolds, may you begin to see the wonders of living each day, moment by moment, a life of faith and forgiveness.