I’ve noticed something about people both in life and in scripture. We value certain things. We place value on things we deem worthy because most things have no intrinsic value.
We have placed great value on gold because as a precious metal it doesn’t tarnish, and it’s shiny! Diamonds are not really that rare, but they limit the supply of this very hard and costly stone to drive up its market value. Ladies like it because it sparkles! Something else we do is celebrate when something of value is recovered after it was lost. My son lost his wallet in a park, but someone found it and turned it in. He was really happy because there was a lot of important stuff in the wallet, like his license, credit card, money and such like. Jesus told the story of a lady who lost one of her ten silver coins. When she found it she rejoiced and shard the good news with friends and neighbors.
The more something is of value in our minds the more we will rejoice and celebrate over its recovery if it is lost. “Hey, I’ve found your screwdriver!” No big deal! “Hey, I’ve found your lost car keys!” A bigger deal! Hey, did you hear that Abe got saved? Real big deal! 10Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” God places great value on you!