Monopoly: Who's in Charge?

Romans 10:9-10, 13

Although I grew up in the TV generation, our family always took time to play games together. This is one family tradition that I have tried to pass along to my children and grandchildren. No I am not talking about PlayStation or X-Box. I am talking about real life interactive games! Face to face competition that challenges the mind and warms the heart. This past holiday found the Robinson's gathered around the dining room table, not just for the ham and turkey, but also for the thrill of game time! There are lots of new and exciting games available for family time now. But growing up, some of my favorite games were Life, Clue, Battleship, Sorry, and the best of all… Monopoly! This morning I want to begin a series of messages entitled the "Games People Play." In 'real life' we still deal with monopolies, clues, battles and being sorry. Over the next few weeks we'll look at some important issues that are not so much games as they are decisions that will make all of us genuine winners in this life and for all eternity. We start this morning with Monopoly: Who's in Charge? Our key verses are found in Romans chapter ten. Let's read them together and then we'll come back to them in a few minutes.

Officially "invented" in 1933, some form of the Monopoly game as been around since as early as 1903. Charles Darrow is credited most often as the inventor of a game where participants circle the game board - over and over again - buying, selling, trading and gaining real estate "monopolies". I would guess that most of us have played the game or at least seen the game played. What strikes me most about Monopoly is the premise that the "winner" is the one who eventually "owns it all". There are only two outcomes for the game of Monopoly: you either gain the monopoly or you go bankrupt. You either gain it all or lose everything. There is a verse in the Bible that deals with that type of thinking. It's found in Matthew 16:26, "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"

There is a popular saying, "The one who dies with the most toys, wins!" The truth of the matter is, "The one who dies with the most toys still dies!" How do we benefit if we gain the whole world but lose our own soul? What benefit is it to gain a monopoly in this life but lose for all eternity? You see ultimately, life is not about gaining control - it's about giving up control! The true secret to winning in life is giving up control to the ONE who can really give success.

That's the challenge for this morning: "Let the Lord Jesus Christ take control." The key to a fulfilling life, the way to true success, if you want to be a genuine winner is to "Let the Lord Jesus Christ take control".

Now go back to Romans chapter ten:

These verses tell us that Jesus is the Lord! What does that mean? The word used for Lord here is the Greek word 'kurios', which means one who is in supreme in authority, the one who controls, or we could say, the One who holds the monopoly.

When Jesus is in control - when He has the monopoly - when He is truly Lord of our lives, we win!

I. When Jesus has the Control

II. How Do We Give Jesus Control

III. Who has the Monopoly in our life?