“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?” (Luke 15:8, ESV)

The chapter summary for Luke 15 in The Emphasized Bible is: Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Lost Son.  A good summary.

Here we have a woman with ten coins losing one coin and searching diligently until she finds that one lost coin. We will find out that Jesus is speaking about people here, that God leaves, as it were, the majority and goes out to search for one insignificant lost person [coin or sheep].  We expect the owner to write off the loss because it is so small [1% or even 10%].  However, what we unexpectedly find is that the owner [God] does not consider the whole when it comes to finding whatever is his.  Indeed, he leaves the whole in order to seek out and find the individual, because that individual belongs to him.

If we were under the impression that we should focus on the group rather than pursuing one lost individual, this parable should correct us.  Wherever we see the individual running from Christ, that one person is worth going after.  Through the Bible Day by Day Devotional Commentary writes succinctly here: “Some have the King’s stamp on them, but have rolled away into the dark corner amid dust and shavings.”

May we go into the dark corners amid dust and shavings to find and bring back those with the King’s stamp on them.