Go to the bank and withdraw a crisp, new $100 bill. At the appropriate time in your message, tell your audience that you went to the bank and withdrew a bill of the largest denomination they had available, and that you plan to bestow it upon someone in attendance this morning. Explain that the US Treasury stopped printing $1000 dollar bills, $5000 dollar bills and $10,000 in 1945, but not to worry, they still print $100 and $100,000 dollar bills. Tell them you asked for a $100.000 (wink, wink), but you were told those are reserved for financial transactions between institutions and nations (act disappointed), so you had to settle for the $100 bill.
Wave the $100 in the air and ask--with a show of hands--if there are any worthy souls in the room. More than a few hands should shoot up. Go ahead and have some fun with your audience. Drag out the illustration, milking it for every laugh you can get. You might ask for a show of hands of those who flossed every day this week, or helped a little old lady across the street. Act like this is a really hard decision and you want to get it right. Then find a silly reason why one person might be more worthy and call them up (they’re wearing plaid or a Sunday hat or something equally irrelevant). You could get sneaky here and call up someone you know could really use the money.
Once the lucky or “worthy” recipient is on stage, tell them the $100 bill is all theirs to do with whatever they want. Suggest that they must be very excited about all the things they’d could to do with the money. Ask them how they think they might spend it.
After having some fun with their plans, hand them the bill and tell them, “Oh, there’s just one small detail I should mention. The $100 is all yours to do with whatever you want… for the next 5 seconds, then you have to give it up!"
After counting to 5, snatch the money back.
Keep the candidate up on stage with you while you explain that what they just witnessed is as close as any of them will ever come to actually owning anything in this life. Tell them that, relatively speaking, in the scheme of eternity, we never possess a thing--not even for the 5 seconds that this person held the $100 bill. Everything in this life has a time limit on it. Everything you think you own today, you will have to give up, in the blink of an eye.
Everything, that is, but eternal life. Everything, that is, but what is done for Christ. For spiritual things are the only things without a time limit.
Make sure you end by giving the $100 back to your “worthy” person before they step down. Ask for a hand from the congregation because they were such a good sport.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal" (Matthew 6:19-20).