Updated: Jan 16
We play a little game at our house.I call it “lost by _____(you fill in the name of the family member) and found by mom!” It’s a fun game. No really, it is.
The game begins with the loser in a frantic tizzy looking for a super important item. The game is spontaneous and typically starts just as we are walking out the door to go some place. The lost item is always a must-have item for wherever it is we are going. It could be a glove for a baseball game, a sheet of homework for school, tickets to a show… It is always played on the way out the door scurrying to the next event in life.
Mom with her all-knowing super powers appears on the scene. She knows just what pile of clothing to go through, she knows what bed to look under and what trash to scan. Mom finds the item just in the nick of time.
This game gets the adrenaline going and raises the heart rate. Though Mom’s energy is completely zapped, she ends up the champion once again in this game of lost and found.
I am not even sure why families waste time playing pretend games like hide and seek. The real thing is much more intense and was played on a regular basis at our house. Actually my husband and I still play it from time to time.
The outcome is always the same. 😉
And how many of you can relate to this?
This is exactly what Jesus was doing in Luke 15. Relating. He was trying to get the multitudes to understand His great love for the lost. As the Pharisees and scribes mumbled and grumbled about Jesus receiving sinners, Jesus relates to the crowd by asking “What man of you?”
If you have lost a sheep?
If you have lost a valuable coin?
If you have lost a son?
What would you do?
“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them. . .” Luke 15:4
Loser Bible Study Series Theme Verse:
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.” Mark 8:35
“Lose” from the Greek word “Apollymi” means “to destroy fully.” It is translated “lose” in Luke 15:4, our verse for today.