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Dollar Sermon

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Memorial of Saint Monica

“Jesus said: ‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity. But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.” (Matthew 23:23)

This scripture reminds me of the dollar sermon. The illustration begins with a dollar. The dollar is equal to a life. Do we truly give our whole life to Christ? Or do we tear away at it and give him bits and pieces?  We tear the dollar and give this little piece representing gossip, this other piece representing judgment of others, another representing cheating and this other piece that is lying. And, the lies that we hand over, are they sugar-coated? (Piece is covered with chocolate syrup in the illustration.) So what of this dollar (life) have we given to Jesus? The dirty, torn-apart, thrown-aside portions? And at that point are we then worthless to Him?

It’s not until we give ourselves entirely to Jesus that He can use us. (A volunteer works on repairing the dollar.) Then the sermon continues, something happens when we give ourselves to Jesus. Jesus presents us whole and worthy to our Father. (Repaired dollar is shown.) The Lord takes our lives and not only makes them whole, but worth more than before. (A ten dollar bill is shown in its place.)

What do we give to Jesus? Are we tithing only the portions that are used up, dirty, no longer useful to us and have no worth? Or do we give ourselves in entirety to Him? It’s funny how this illustration gives you a whole new perspective on dollar bills. The tattered and torn ones even have value when given to God. 


Unfailing Jesus,

may we give ourselves entirely to You

o that You may present us whole and worthy to our God.

And may God use us to bring forth more worth than before. Amen.

Carla Hummel
Director of Volunteer Services, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

1 THESSALONIANS 2:1-8 ● PSALM 139:1-3, 4-6 ● MATTHEW 23:23-26

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