Jesus Came for Your Recovery
By Rick Warren
— December 20, 2012
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.” (Matthew 11:28 MSG)
Do you remember the Parable of the Lost Coin that Jesus shares in Luke 15? The woman has 10 coins; she loses one and turns the house upside down to find the missing coin.
In those days, a floor in a Palestinian home was all dirt with straw on top. To do what this woman did meant a serious search!
That’s what Jesus came to do on the very first Christmas. Whether you’ve lost your confidence, your hope, your reputation, or your innocence recently, Kesis came to Earth as a little baby so he could recover you like that woman recovered her coin. “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life” (Matthew 11:28 MSG).
Only Jesus can do that. You can’t depend on the government, your family, or yourself to recover what you’ve lost. Your savior can’t be the person we put in the White House. Your Savior is who we put on the cross. Never look to anyone else for your recovery other than Jesus.
Here are two things to remember about the coin in the Parable of the Lost Coin:
The coin didn’t realize it was lost. Often, neither do we while we’re unconnected to God.
The coin couldn’t find itself. That would be ridiculous! If the woman wasn’t looking for it, the coin would stay lost forever. We would, too, without a Savior.
If we could save ourselves, we wouldn’t need a Savior. But we can’t. You need God to recover whatever you’ve lost.
He’s the only one who can.
Talk About It
You may not consider yourself “lost” because you are a Christian. But, in what other ways do you feel lost?
To whom or what do you look for your salvation from these situations or areas in which you feel lost?
To find out more about how you can have a relationship with God, watch the video “A Fresh Start with God” at saddleback.com/resources/freshstartwithGod.
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
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