Joy - Find It and Keep It (Luke 15:1-10)
Gearl Spicer, November 8, 2020
Part of the Bridge The Gap - Grateful In All series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Luke 15:1–10 (Listen)
15:1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
8 “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? 9 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.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
BRIDGE THE GAP - GRATEFUL IN ALL
Joy - Find It and Keep It
*Have you ever lost something?
*Have you ever lost your joy?
*If you keep My commandments, you will abide in my love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. John 15:10-11
Gratitude - A profound awareness of His presence and His blessings-
*Now all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them." vs. 1-2
*I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. vs. 7
*In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. vs. 10
BIG LESSON - INGRATITUDE STEALS OUR FOCUS, WHILE GRATITUDE LEADS US TO JOY!
KEY VERSE - 15:10
I. Missing what is right in front of you - vs. 1-2
A. Self sufficiency stole their sensitivity
B. Religions was their license to lose their joy
C. Unwilling to see the reality of Jesus
II. Looking for what is lost - vs. 3-7
A. Responsibility to seek the lost one
B. Rejoicing over finding it
C. Real lesson of repentance
III. Searching for a lost coin - vs. 8-10
A. Light a lamp
B. Sweep and search
C. Rejoice in the discovery
*Have you experienced the joy of Jesus and are you grateful?