TITLE: The ring
STORY WITH THE OBJECT
A few years ago I bought a ring that I thought was good quality silver, but when I tried to clean it with a special liquid, I discovered that it wasn’t silver at all, but rather copper. I had been deceived.
TRANSITION TO THE SPIRITUAL
I am telling you about this because many of us believe that we are good people and living a good quality life, but what would happen if I told you about a liquid that would show how good you really are?
THE PROBLEM (LAW)
This liquid is called God’s law, and if we use it we will see if we are really good or not. God’s law says do not kill, and even though we haven’t killed anyone physically, how many times have we spoken evil of others behind their backs and killed their reputation? Or how many times have we hated someone who has hurt us? In Jesus’ words, that is murder. What about the law that says, “Do Not Covet”? We spend our entire lives desiring things that other people have. “If only I had that boyfriend...”, “If only I had that house...”, “If only I had that job...” and coveting turns into terrible things like envy, jealousy, stealing, and even murder. God’s law says, “Do Not Commit Adultery”, but how many times do we look at impure things that dirty our minds? Or we have sex outside of marriage?
THE CONSEQUENCES (ETERNITY)
The bad news is that the day we die, it will be evident that we are not good because everything we’ve ever done will come to light. If we don’t reach God’s standard of goodness, we will not be able to enter his perfect house, and we will have to spend eternity away from him in hell.
THE SOLUTION (CROSS)
Now I have good news, that more than 2000 years ago, someone spilled a precious liquid that can cleanse us from all our imperfections and sin. It was his own blood that Jesus Christ spilled on the cross that today can cleanse you and save you.
THE CALL (REPENTANCE AND FAITH)
But you must repent of every evil thing you have done and surrender your life completely to the one who gave his life for you.