In the book of Luke, chapter 15:1-10 Jesus address the question presented to Him by the Pharisees and teachers of religious law with a parable. To make His point Jesus asked two questions uses two examples that were staples for survival during this time in history.
Here are the two questions Jesus posed:
Question 1: “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?”
Questions 2: “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it?
There are two key examples that Jesus uses that represent you and me, the sheep, and the coin. He uses these two examples because in those days and in many countries today, a sheep and a coin, where the two most valuable items (outside of water) for a shepherd. His point to all standing around Him as He taught, was this: People are just as valuable to Jesus as a sheep and a coin were to the Pharisees. In other words Jesus considers people valuable, no matter how much money they have. Leaders, how much more should we value God's people?