6-Week Series: Against All Odds

Sermon Illustrations

A little hobby of mine is collecting old Coca-Cola memorabilia. One of my prized possessions is this old bottle from around 1910 to 1920. It was made at the Charleston Bottling Works in Charleston, WV.

Many of you will doubtlessly remember when soda came in a glass bottle like this, not in plastic bottles like today. When you bought just one, or a carton of bottles, you were required to pay a 10 cent deposit. Then when you bought the bottle back, you either got your deposit back, or it went toward the next carton of bottles.

The idea was that the bottling company was just loaning the bottle to you. You did not own the bottle, you owned the soda.

In just the same manner, if you have committed yourself to Christ, you no longer belong to yourself, for the Bible tells us:

Ye are not your own…For ye are bought with a price... 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

To whom do you belong? Are you acting like it? Are you crucifying your own lusts and desires to bring glory to the King?