In Luke 12, Jesus tells three parables–the first about a lost sheep; the second about a lost coin; and the third about two brothers.
In the first parable, a sheep strays from the flock and gets lost. Of all the animal kingdom, sheep have to be the stupidest. One, eating with his head to the ground, having no concern for his surroundings, gets separated from the flock. The lost sheep starts calling for the flock. So, the shepherd, realizing that his sheep is lost, searches until he finds that lost sheep and returns it to the flock.
So, what is the moral of the story? The sheep is lost, knows he is lost, and cannot find his way back to the flock. So, he needs the shepherd’s help to return him to the flock. This describes people who have a desire to do God’s will, but don’t know where to turn. In John 10:11, Jesus says that he “is the good shepherd.” Throughout that chapter, Jesus states his care and concern for His sheep—leading them to suitable pastures, keeping predators, thieves, and robbers away from them, and even laying His life down for His sheep. 1 Peter 5:4, Peter calls Jesus “the chief shepherd.” Jesus, in the role of a shepherd, calls to His lost sheep to return to the flock. He calls sinners to repentance.
Then there’s the parable of the lost coin. That lost coin was 10% of the possessions this woman had. So, she swept and cleaned until she found that coin.
So, what’s the moral of this story? The coin was lost, didn’t know it was lost, and didn’t care that it was lost. Most of the people in the religious world are lost and don’t care, because they have been deceived. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:4: “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Satan holds people under his sway by making them think that they are right in the site of God. Jesus describes the way to destruction as wide and easy, and “those who find it are many.” Those who travel that road do not realize that doom awaits them until time has passed.
So the question comes to you: Are you a sheep or a coin? Are you lost and know it? God has promised that those who are seeking truth will find it. Or, are you a coin? Do you think that God will approve of those who disregard His will? (Matt 7:21-23) The cure for both the sheep and the coin is to look to God’s revealed truth and assess their lives in its mirror. 1 Corinthians 15:1-2 says that the Gospel reveals salvation. Whatever circumstance you may find yourself, look to the Gospel. There, you’ll find answers.