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Scripture:  Mark 10:17-31
[ Summary:
 Letting go to receive even more from God. ]


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ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • So let's try something...
  • First, take a big breath of air in and then hold it. Just take in this big amazingly huge breath of air and then hold it in.  
  • Ready? I'll do it with you. On three. One… two… three… BREATHE IN and HOLD!  
  • [try to say the following without expelling very much breath...you should sound a little funny - that's the idea]  -- Now that you're all full of air, WITHOUT LETTING GO OF THE AIR YOU HAVE, try to breathe in another HUGE breath!  1, 2, 3, GO!  
  • Ok, you can go back to breathing normal.
  • So, what do you think? Could you breathe in as much air the second time as you could the first time?
  • Why not?
  • That's right!  You couldn't get as much air because you were still holding on to that first breath of air.  
  • The way breathing works is that you have to LET GO of the first breath in order to be able to take a second breath.


TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • In today's Bible story, we hear Jesus tell someone that they have to let go of the air they have in so that they can then take in more of God’s air.
  • OK, that’s not QUITE what Jesus says, but it's the same idea.
  • What actually happens is that there’s a man in the story who asks Jesus how he can better follow Jesus and better receive what God is offering him.
  • So Jesus tells him that he has to let go of this one thing that the man is holding on to.
  • As we just saw with our breathing exercise, if the man doesn’t let go of what he is holding, then he’s not going to have room to accept what God is offering.  
  • That’s why the man has to let go of that one thing, because then he’ll have more room to follow Jesus and receive what God is offering.
  • But, this is a hard thing for the man to do because he has to let go of what he has BEFORE he receives the next things that God is offering.
  • And, I think we run into this ALOT in life -- when the thing we’re holding on to is something other than air, it is not so easy for us to let go BEFORE we receive the next thing!


SHARE the Good News   (a.k.a. The Destination)

  • And this is one of the reasons why Jesus is so helpful.
  • He both tells us and then shows us how there’s always more of God’s wisdom, direction and healing love for us to receive and then share with one another.     
  • And, the more of that wisdom, direction and healing love we share with others, the more we’ll be able to receive from God as well.
  • That's the good news for us today


CLOSING Prayer

  • Let’s pray.  This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God,

Dear God,


Thank you for Jesus...

Thank you for Jesus...


...who shows us…

...who shows us…


…how to receive…

…how to receive more…


…more of your gifts…   

…more of your gifts…   

…by sharing the gifts…

…by sharing the gifts…   


…you’ve already given us.

…you’ve already given us.   


    Thank you and amen



Posted September 27, 2015
Written by Nathanael Vissia


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