Sermon Illustrations

(Have 4 boxes of different sizes for illustration)

Here is a box. Its a small one. For some people, what they think of God could fit in this box. They have few expectations and limited knowledge of who God is.

Here is another box. It is a little larger. Many people would be comfortable with having a God who could fit in this box. Of course there are many things that would have to be left out. But that is satisfactory with people whose God is no bigger than this.

In this box there may be room for love and grace and mercy, but not much room for any rules or commands that interfere with the way one wants to live their life.

Here is another box. It is bigger still. In this box there is room for some love and grace and mercy as well as some of the commands that are given in scripture. Of course the only commands that fit are those the person accepts in his or her lifestyle choices.

And here is still another box. It is the biggest of all. It can hold God's love, mercy and grace as well as the commands of scripture. One can live a pretty good life with this box. But there is still something missing.

That's because our God is bigger than any box we might put Him in. He is bigger than this room, this building, this town, this state, this country, this world. By His power He created the universe.

And by that power we can live our lives in ways that otherwise would be impossible. He tells us that whatever we face, He is able!

God wants out of the box, out of any box we try to put Him in. He doesn't fit there. He will not conveniently confine Himself to our limits, our boundaries. God is bigger than our box.

Ephesians 3:20-21 give us an idea how big our God is. Let's read.

“20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

A God who can do “exceedingly abundantly above” anything we may ask or think won't fit into any box, no matter how big the box may be.

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