On one of our Treasure Hunting outings, I was reminded of the parable of the lost coin. The official TSM Treasure Hunt had ended and I had business to conduct at Chesterfield mall. As I went to the different Jewelry stores, I spread God’s cheer by praying for the attending clerks and providing them with a gospel of John.
Still on mission, looking for God’s treasure, I passed a man in the Food Court sitting at a table. He had baggies of coins, and he was counting his coins. So, as I passed, I casually asked what he was doing. This led to a lengthy conversation as he shared how he loved collecting coins and shared with me his different coin collections – what the collection was, what he had and what he was missing. He shared how a sister had stolen some of his coins. He was bitter about his loss. These coins were his passion and his treasure.
I can’t help but think how God is eyeing his treasures, how he knows what is still missing and what the enemy has stolen. He is passionate about his treasures. God is on mission to gather the lost to himself and wants to use us to help in that mission. Not that He can’t do it without us. He sent his only begotten son to the earth on a rescue mission. He has personally appeared in visions and dreams to many in order to bring some to Himself. But He wants to give out rewards for us to join Him in the pursuit of the lost. There is great joy when we lead someone to Christ and even in the act of planting seeds that might take root. There is a satisfaction on being God’s hand and feet on mission for his purposes.
When I asked the man if I could pray for him, he requested prayer concerning the death of someone he knew. I prayed then and there for the request. Then I said I would like to give him a gift and was he interested. I had a gospel of John with a love letter from God. He asked me what the gift was. I told him the book was a true story that I thought he might enjoy reading. He gladly accepted the gift.
When I left him, I went the wrong way in the mall and had to turn back and pass thru the Food Court again in order to get to my car. My soul delighted as I passed the man deep in thought reading the Book of John. I had to trust God for the redemptive work He was doing in this man, knowing that Isaiah 55:10–11 says, “As the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, . . . So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void” (KJV).
Who knows, you might get hooked as you start hooking others for God’s Kingdom