TITLE: The Purse
OBJECT: A woman’s purse
STORY WITH THE OBJECT
A woman´s purse is a very interesting and mysterious object. You never know what you will find inside: tissues, medication, pens, make-up, tools, and many other items you never imagined.
TRANSITION TO THE SPIRITUAL
When we are born, it is as if we had a purse to carry through our lives. As we grow, we are stuffing inside the good things and bad things we do.
THE PROBLEM (LAW)
Every time you use God’s name as a swear word, every time you use public transportation without paying, every time you dishonor your parents, you are stuffing sin inside the purse of your life. Your purse becomes heavier and heavier, and you cannot empty it.
THE CONSEQUENCES (ETERNITY)
The problem is that on the day you die and stand before God, you will have to show Him everything that is inside the purse of your life. You will not be able to hide anything; everything will come to light. With a purse filled with sin, your destiny will be a place of pain and suffering. Hell is not a myth or a joke, but a reality that Jesus warned us about.
THE SOLUTION (CROSS)
Can you imagine an innocent man who would be willing to give you his purse full of innocence and purity and take your purse full of sin, knowing that he would receive the punishment that you deserve? There is only one person in the entire universe that could do that for you. Jesus Christ lived a life of total obedience to God with a purse full of holiness and purity, but He was willing to take your purse of sin and be punished on the cross for your wickedness. His resurrection gives Him authority to offer you forgiveness.
THE CALL (REPENTANCE AND FAITH)
Jesus offers you an exchange. He asks for you to give Him your life full of sin, and He will give you a clean heart and help you live a life that is pleasing to God. Don’t continue to drag along your purse full of sin! Repent today and receive forgiveness and new life in Christ!