Summary: 3 stories, 1 parable, many great truths! The Lost SHEEP, the Lost SILVER, the Lost SON, and the Lost SIBLING. Link included to formatted text, audio, and PowerPoint Presentation.
Parables: God’s Lost and Found
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The boss of a big company needed to call one of his employees about an urgent problem with one of the main computers. He dialed the employee’s home telephone number and was greeted with a child’s voice, "Hello?" It was a quiet little voice.
Feeling put out at the inconvenience of having to talk to a youngster, the boss asked, "Is your Daddy home?" "Yes," said the small voice.
"May I talk with him?" the man asked. To the surprise of the boss, he replied, "No."
Wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, "Is your Mommy there?"
"Yes," came the answer.
"May I talk with her?" Again, the little voice said, "No."
Knowing that it was not likely that a young child would be left home alone, the boss decided he would just leave a message with the person who should be there watching over the child. "Is there anyone there besides you?" the boss asked the child.
"Yes," said the child, "a policeman."
Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee’s home, the boss asked,
"May I speak with the policeman?"
"No, he is busy," said the child.
"Busy doing what?" asked the boss.
"Talking to Daddy and Mommy and the Fireman," came the answer.
Growing concerned and even worried as he heard what sounded like a helicopter through the ear piece on the phone, the boss asked, "What is that noise?"
"A hello-copper," answered the tiny voice.
"What is going on there?" asked the boss, now alarmed.
In an awed voice, the child answered, "They just landed the hello-copper!"
Alarmed, concerned and more than just a little frustrated, the boss asked, "Why are they there?"
Still whispering, the young voice replied (along with a muffled giggle), "They are looking for me!"
We have 3 stories told, but they make up just one parable. [v. 3]
The Lost Sheep represents those who are out in the world, and not saved. They are not part of the ‘count.’ They are in danger, exposed, and helpless. But Jesus came to seek and to save those who are lost! And He isn’t just about those that are in the house, but about finding others and bringing them into the fold.
The Lost Silver was not lost out in the elements, but lost in the house. This could represent a saved soul but a lost life. It is good for nothing, and unfit to be used. To be out of the hand of the One to Whom we belong is to be useless. When a piece of money is misplaced it is not only the actual piece of metal that is lost, but all the good that money might do is lost as well. This person may come to church, but they are almost invisible because they don’t do anything. They need to realize we are not saved to sit and soak, but to serve and be useful. Or, this could represent the lost church member, who has “profession without possession” of salvation. This one is lost, though in the house. Remember, going to church doesn’t make you saved anymore than going to Von Maur makes you rich!