Give It Up 10.14.18

Sunday's Message
October 14, 2018


In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet the Montagues hate the Capulets.  However, Romeo, a Montague, falls in love with Juliet, a Capulet.  When she is being forced to marry Paris, her priest came up with an idea.  He gave her a drug which put her to sleep and made it look as though she had died.  After the funeral she was placed in a tomb.  Romeo got word of her supposed death and rushed into the tomb and killed himself out of grief.  She then woke up and found that he’d been poisoned.  She kissed him hoping to get poison from his lips.  Then she took his dagger and stabbed herself saying,

O happy dagger!  This is thy sheath; there rust and let me die. 


We weep when we see this powerful play.  We think of the tragedy of young people giving their all for love.  However, with their death the Montagues and Capulets made peace. 

Christ likewise died for love.  With his death sinful people are reconciled to a righteous God.  However, we are also commanded to give everything up for Jesus.  As we die to our selfishness out of love for Jesus then Christ can fill us and live through us in order to bring peace into a selfish world.

Sunday I’m preaching on “Give it Up” from Mark 10:17-31.  The rich, young ruler came to Jesus asking what he can do to have eternal life.  This was a common and controversial question in Jesus’ day.  Jesus let him know that there is none good but God.  So, he must quit trying to be good and simply depend on God’s grace.  However, strangely, he tells the man to sell all that he has and give the money to the poor.  Isn’t that doing something good in order to have eternal life?  The man went away sad for he had many possessions.  The truth is, we’re saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), but in order to receive that grace we must give everything to Jesus.  The giving isn’t wasted.  It will be used to help others.  Nevertheless, there is no real life until we give it all up for Jesus.  Please come Sunday and learn more.

Also, please help us with our Fall Festival coming up October 20.  Also sign up for our Christmas Musical coming December 2.  Give yourself away in service to God and others and you will profit eternally!

Dr. Jim Meek