If you are like me, on most days you can put your hand in your pocket and find those little round metal disks we call coins.
I generally remember them when I am getting changed and they fly all around the room.
If you think about these things called coins, there is something they all have in common.
While they may be of differing sizes, colours and carry different inscriptions, they all share something.
They have value. In Scripture, Jesus in fact talked about the value of the coins the widow put in the offering. The passage is found in Mark 12:41-44, and the NIV says it this way, “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
“Calling His disciples to Him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.”
This woman gave all the value she had, God noticed, and God honoured her for it.
Jesus also talked about the value of giving to God what belongs to Him, while at the same time giving to the systems we live in what belongs to, or what we owe, them.
One one occasion, found in Matthew 17, Jesus asked one of His friends to catch a fish. This particular fish was discovered to have a coin in it – worth enough to pay for something Jesus and his friend needed to pay for.
“…go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for My tax and yours.” – Matthew 17:27. (NIV).
In Luke we are also told the following story.
“…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 (NIV)
Here is Jesus’ point… God sees value in you!
If you are lost, He does all that is needed to find you and rescue you. In fact God loves and cares for you so much that there isn’t anything He won’t do to find you and to restore you.
Jesus mentions a lamp. Why? Because God will light up the darkest places to find and rescue us, because of the high value He places on each of our lives. Jesus is also described as the light of the world. He lights a lamp of His Son to come and seek us out.
Isn’t that awesome? Maybe as you are reading this you are feeling a bit lost or left alone in the dark. If that’s the case, please know that is not where God wants you to feel left! Let Jesus light up your world and circumstances and may you have a revelation of your value to Him.
If you are lost, may you know God is looking for you right now. Something to think about.
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By Locky McNeill
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Locky McNeill is a faith-based entrepreneur living in Taupo, New Zealand. He is a father to two young sons and a husband to one talented wife who can bake up a storm of goodness. He splits his time between being a digital Pastor, event director, MC, performer, writer and host of the Real, Raw & Relevant with Locky McNeill online show
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