Luke 15:8-10. “Or what woman, if she owns ten silver coins and loses one of them, won’t light a lamp and sweep the house, searching her home carefully until she finds it? When she finds it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, joy breaks out in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who changes both heart and life.”
I’ve read this passage many times. I’ve heard countless sermons on this passage and the verses preceding it about lost sheep. Great sermons on recovering the lost. Yet today, for the very first time, I saw, “sinner who changes both heart and life.”
The change of heart is a one time experience. It happens in a moment. It is like a traveler who comes to an intersection along the road and decides to change direction and destination. That is a change of heart.
The change of life is an ongoing process. Traveling the new and unfamiliar road will have some challenges. There will be barren hills to climb, dark valleys to pass through. Sudden unexpected curves may cause doubts. Fog may obscure the road ahead. However, there will also be spectacular views from the mountain height and lush valleys teaming with beauty. There will be bright sunny days when all is well with the soul. The change of life is a day to day and moment to moment commitment to the new destination.