“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
- Luke 15:8-10
“Why do Jesus and his angels rejoice over one repenting sinner? Can they see something we can’t? Do they know something we don’t? Absolutely. They know what heaven holds…
“Heaven is populated by those who let God change them. Arguments will cease, for jealousy won’t exist. Suspicions won’t surface, for there will be no secrets. Every sin is gone. Every insecurity is forgotten. Every fear is past. Pure wheat. No weeds. Pure gold. No alloy. Pure love. No lust. Pure hope. No fear. No wonder the angels rejoice when one sinner repents; they know another work of art will soon grace the gallery of God. They know what heaven holds.”
- Max Lucado, Just Like Jesus
On the day that this post was written, I did some major cleaning. For the past four months, I have taken a box here or a box there and I threw out half or more of the stuff, then I left the rest for one of three reasons: 1) It wasn’t mine so I saved it for my wife to throw out, 2) I thought it was useful, finding a lot of tools, envelopes, and notepads, or 3) I did not want to throw it out – at least not yet, sentimental or just tired of throwing everything away.
I know!! I’m unworthy!!!! But I justified it in that I didn’t want the trashcans to be so heavy that they gave our trash people hernias. I was thinking of them… No, I don’t buy that one either. Besides, a few weeks, the trash cans were that heavy.
But that left me with tons of half-finished projects that piled up all over the place. I got angry with myself. I took a couple of larger boxes and tossed everything into them and moved them to the spare bedroom, to be dealt with later. Along the way, I tossed another third of that stuff into the trash. I then rearranged furniture and did some deep cleaning, using about every attachment that I have for the vacuum cleaner. When it came to the kitchen floor, I stopped before mopping. I was exhausted.
And one of the things that surfaced in my cleaning was a tiny silver coin. It was worth about 15 cents. It was a Chinese R.M.B. or yuan. I suppose I had received it in change on one of my Chinese trips. Then, just as easily as I found it, it disappeared. It might have been thrown into a box without further thought. It might have fallen to the floor and was vacuumed away.
But when it comes to having the same response as the woman in Jesus’ parable, I failed at it. Besides, we still have that social distancing thing going on. I cannot invite my friends over to spend a hundredfold more than the 15 cents that I found. I know, I should have said a thousand fold for a descent party, but I’m cheap.
Before I get off the subject of Chinese coins, I once had a full set of Chinese coins. I gave them to my younger son. The 10 R.M.B. coin has a “1” stamped on it, just like the 1 R.M.B. coin. Only the Chinese know that the larger one is worth ten times what the smaller one is worth. They think that the zero is optional. Maybe that’s why their COVID-19 numbers are so much below the real numbers, allegedly. They do not see the significance of the trailing zeros. Just a thought…
In the three parables that are Luke 15, Jesus is talking about lost souls. He is talking about when we accept Jesus as our Savior. When that happens, the angels celebrate. Maybe the carpenter angels celebrate because they now know who will be living in the mansion that they have been building. Maybe the choir angels can finally sing that new song that they have been working on.
And what of those people that you have prayed for since the day that they were born? If they accept Jesus as their Savior, is that not reason to drop what you are doing and celebrate?
Or, are you satisfied that those for whom you pray are decent folks that mind their own business and don’t hurt anybody, follow the Golden Rule? They are nice people. Why bother telling them that they need Jesus?
Jesus knew what was awaiting us in Heaven. He knew it was fantastic, beyond words to describe.
But, our complacency and lukewarm religion robs the angels of their song.
We need to awaken and spread the Gospel. I can hear the angels humming, trying to keep their vocal cords ready. Is it time for them to sing again? Will you accept Jesus, or, if having already accepted Him, will you share your faith with that person that you really want to be near when you get to Heaven?
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.