November 7, 2010
Let’s start today with a little riddle. I need some audience participation here. (I raided McDonald’s trash in my sermon preparation this week.) I’ve asked ______ to help us out. Here’s the deal. You have to get this balloon into this box. Today, we are in a very practical sense the Body of Christ. ______ will work as the hands, but you are all the collective brain. You give him some ideas. Tell him what to do.
OK, let’s review the suggestions.
We could push and push to try to make it fit, but it will probably pop if we push too hard.
We could pop the balloon and put the little pieces inside, but then we no longer have a real balloon.
We could let some of the air out to make it smaller, but then, we’ve lost something of the balloon’s full potential.
There’s one more option.
We could reshape and expand the box. If we take off some of the tape and tear it apart at one seem, the triangle unfolds. Then, we can see that this box has much more potential than we thought. There was hidden capacity here. If we keep unfolding and reshaping, then it becomes a rectangle that is plenty big enough for the balloon.1
God is always bigger than our boxes. Jesus is always bigger than we think he is. The Truth is always bigger than our mental constructs.
I hate to break this to you, but you’re wrong. You’re all wrong. Don’t feel too bad about that. I’m wrong, too. We’re all wrong about something. ...
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