Playing Monopoly

Visual Aid

Monopoly Game Board

The Idea

That each person must give up the control of his life in order to receive salvation form God.

The Scripture

Matthew 13:45-46 “Again the kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, viagra sales check upon finding one pearl of great value, view he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”

The game of monopoly has been played by every generation. It is a board game that includes deeds, dice, chance cards, etc. The purpose of the game is to bankrupt all the opposing players by gaining property and money. Usually the winner ends up with the valuable pieces of property like Park Place and Boardwalk. In my experience of playing monopoly I always sought the opportunity to buy Park Place and Boardwalk as soon as I could. I would mortgage everything I had in order to make this purchase. In the end, I would gain it back when someone would land in this valuable property. They would have to pay me in full, consequently I was able to recover all the money and property I risked in order to own Park Place and Boardwalk.

Jesus taught many great lessons on how to be right with God; he called it his kingdom message. In Matthew 13 he told his disciples about the right relationship with God through some stories which we call Teachable Moments. In this Teachable Moment he said that finding God was like a ship merchant who bought a great pearl by selling all that he had to obtain it. In monopoly the principle is the same, I was willing to give up all that I had in order to obtain Park Place and Boardwalk. Jesus’ message was simple, all those who believed in Him would have eternal life. The gift of salvation was free with one hitch. You have to give up the control of your life to Him. He said if you do, you will have an abundant life, one that will bring peace in the midst of tribulation and eternal life with God when you die. Like the sea merchant or the monopoly player we must take that risk and give up all that we have in order to be saved and be right with God. In the end we will gain everything back that we held onto so tightly. Jesus later said, “Seek ye the first the kingdom of God, all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6)

Dr. Kent McClain