Proper 17C

Day: Proper 17C

Lectionary Passage: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

Scripture Focus: Hebrews 13:15-16

Object: Big Bag of DumDums and One Blow Pop

This morning I want to give each of you a dumdum lollipop. This isn’t too hard because I have this gigantic bag of dumdums that I got at the store. See, even though I’ve given each of you one, I still have a ton leftover for myself to enjoy. But, what about this (reveal the one blow pop)? I only have one blow pop. I want to give this one blow pop away to (name an adult nearby or another pastor). And when I give this to her, that means that I won’t have a blow pop for myself. So, do you think it is harder to give away a bunch of dumdums or this one and only blow pop?

Of course it is harder to give away my one and only blow pop! Because when I do that means that I won’t have any for myself. Even though I gave away a lot of dumdums, I still had this huge bag leftover. But, giving away my one and only blow pop is a big deal. In fact, we can say it was a big sacrifice. “Sacrifice” is a fancy word for giving away something that we have.

And in our Scripture passage today, we learn that God is happy when we make sacrifices. That’s because God wants us to share what we have with other people, even if we only have very little. I want you to remember that it isn’t about the amount you give away, but how big the sacrifice is. God is happy when people make big sacrifices. So, giving away dumdums when you’ve got a whole bunch isn’t a big deal. But, when I gave (name an adult nearby or another pastor) my one and only blow pop I made a sacrifice and that pleases God.

Let’s pray: God help us to remember that it isn’t about how much we have but how much we are willing to sacrifice and share with others. Help us be willing to make big sacrifices like you ask. Amen.

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