“…the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10

The look on my wife’s face was not one I wanted to remember.

I had been clearing space on my MacBook and, to my horror, discovered that I had lost the baby pictures of our firstborn son. They were gone and I was helpless to find them. I gathered my courage and confessed to my wife. She was not impressed, and I was clearly headed for a lifetime of sleeping on the couch.

The guy at the Apple Store will forever be my hero. He restored the lost photos and my wife’s happiness (not to mention our marriage). As a gesture of thanks, we tried to give him a tip, but he couldn’t accept it. After all, he was just “doing his job.” For him it was just another day at the Genius Bar, but for us, it was a whisper of grace. I had lost something precious and offended the one I love. I was helpless to fix it, but someone stepped in to restore what was lost and reconcile the relationship. I couldn’t pay for it; I could only say, “Thank you.”

According to the Scriptures, our sin has offended God, alienating us from Him so that we have lost the happiness we were created for. But while we were helpless, Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He came to die for our sins, reconcile us to God, and restore our happiness in Him. This is a gift of grace, paid for in full by a Savior whom we will never be able to repay and cannot thank enough.

Lord Jesus, thank You for seeking and saving me when I was lost. I can never repay You or thank You enough, but I give myself to You today. Help me to live and speak in such a way that others will come to find their eternal happiness in You. Amen.

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