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May 6 Devotion: Calling Your Neighbors

Luke 15:9 – “ And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.”

This verse is from the illustration of a woman who had lost one of her ten pieces of silver. Regardless of their monetary value, these pieces had great significance for this woman, for she was thoroughly rejoicing when she found the missing piece and restored the set.

Notice, that this woman lit a candle to search for the piece of silver, it was dark and likely a late hour when she started her search. Then upon finding her lost silver, she strait way calls together her friends and neighbors. This was such a momentous occasion that people were willing to lose out on their sleep and nightly routines in order to properly celebrate the restoration of what was lost.

This woman called a celebration over finding a piece of earthly silver, yet how many Christians fail to call to others to tell them of something far more precious and valuable?

This woman lost a piece of silver, but the man had lost his soul. She had access to light to aid her search, but the light of God had to come to the lost man to show him his state. She had to search but a single house while man has searched for millennia across every corner of the earth (and even beyond it) in search of what their soul needed.

Christians have received the most precious and valuable thing that can be imagined in all the universe: salvation. Yet how many people do we see calling out to neighbors to celebrate their pardon from sin with open rejoicing? We celebrate the mundane achievements of peewee football leagues more than most people rejoice in their salvation. We will tell any friend, neighbor, or stranger of the joy of a child being born into the family but we fail to tell those same people of the joy we have over being saved.

We should be ashamed and repentant for the lack of effort we generally put forth in joyously calling out to all those around us in an attempt to share our precious treasure. We have Christ, the chosen Lamb of God, the King of kings, Emmanuel. How much more precious than a single piece of silver is the Lord of all creation? How much more satisfying is it to rejoice in our Lord than it is to celebrate the carnal pleasures of this world?

So as people being so come out of quarantine, complaining of how miserable their life has been, be prepared to rejoice in the fact that Christ was what kept your quarantine from becoming a catastrophe. That Jesus was the lily of your valley. God sustained and satisfied you with something more precious that March Madness or social activities. Call the neighbors and tell them you have cause to rejoice despite COVID-19. You have Christ.

Your fellowservant in Christ,

Bro. Jordan Foster


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