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The parable of the lost coin (Revisited)


Did I ever tell you about the time I paid $12 for a value chicken sandwich at Wendy’s?

Luke 15:8 (ESV) “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.’

A few weeks ago I was helping my brother in law move from Stockton to Visalia in California, it got to dinner time and we were hungry, In N out was the desired destination for us, but my daughter (and my niece) preferred the idea of a chicken sandwich. Wendy’s was on the way so we agreed to pull in and get them what they wanted for dinner.

So we went in, it was chaos! It was super busy, not with people ordering stuff, it was full of complaining customers that had their orders wrong, things were missing, things were extra, customers were mad, customers were re-going through both the inside and drive thru of this place to complain, some were nice about it, some were chewing out the employees and others were cussing at the poor folks in the drive thru’ s.

Anyways we got to the front, my brother in law ordered and then I ordered. I paid with a $50 for a bill that was just over $2. The lady behind the counter tried to give me $35 in change (even) I questioned here on this at the point of sale and advised I wasn’t happy to pay $15 for a $2 sandwich, she called the manager over and I voiced my concerns, at which he opened the till, I saw the lady count out some money and assumed she got it right the second time round when her boss was standing over her.

After about 10 minutes my brother in law finally got his order correct (they gave him the wrong stuff the first time) and we went to In N Out, imagine my horror when I got there and realize I only had $37 and some change, I WAS SHORT TEN BUCKS! At first I was mad and then I had this feeling in the pit of my stomach as I am not a fan of face to face confrontation that I was going to have to go back there and prove my case.

Anyways I got back to my brother in laws home, ate my food and then went back to Wendy’s. Asked politely for a manager, who was a little snotty and asked me to prove my case by presenting my change, I advised I couldn’t’ but I could present the change from both Wendy’s and In N Out and show her I was short.

After defending her employee for a few minutes she turned to the other manager and said “I am going to have to pull _____’s till again” (name omitted as I wish not to embarrass the employee) About 15 minutes later the lady came back without the till and gave me back my $10.

What is the point of this?

Luke 15:10 (ESV) Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

So what is the point of this? Do I want to whine about Wendy’s in Visalia? No, not really, it could have happened at any fast food place! But at that time in the month, that $10 was important to me, which was contributing to my gas money for church the next day, so it had value to me and my wallet.

That is how God views us; we have value, much more than a $10 argument between me and a Wendy’s manager. To God we are priceless, In the same way I drove back to that place on a mission to recover the money that was technically mine, God went above and beyond to ensure that you would have communion with him.

He sent his son Jesus, the prince of peace, the first born apple of his eye, the highest price for the greatest sins. He paid what we deserve on the cross at Calvary to give us the option of choosing eternity with God or without him.

That is much greater value that 10 parts of a currency that in the words of my good buddy Chris “is going to burn anyway”

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God bless and TGBTG