Bringing the Text to Life
[Note: This sermon begins with an interactive experience which requires bringing together some props prior to worship. Needed are a table, a one-gallon pitcher or large, wide-mouthed Mason jar (a bucket will work, but a clear, see-through container is better), about a dozen fist-sized rocks, a bucket of gravel, a bucket of sand and a pitcher of water. It might help to practice this experience prior to the service.]
Tell the congregation that that you're going to give them a "pop quiz."
Take out a one-gallon glass pitcher. Now produce about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully place them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar is filled to the top and no more rocks can fit inside, ask your people, "Is this jar full?"
Most likely everyone will say, "Yes."
Now reach under the table and pull out a bucket of gravel. Then dump some gravel in and shake the jar, causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.
Now smile and ask...