Giving Sermon Illustrations

Giving Sermon Illustrations

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A Different Kind of Creditor

The local church was making a drive for funds, and two colored sisters were bearing down hard on Uncle Rastus. "I can't give nothin'," exclaimed the old Negro. "I owes nearly everybody in dis here town already." "But," said one of the collectors, "don't you think you owes de Lord somethin', too?" "I does, sister, indeed," said the old man, "but He ain't pushin' me like my other creditors is."—Toledo Blade.


A True Indictment

A man said to Sam Jones, the evangelist: "Mr. Jones, the church has put my assessment too high." "How much do you pay?" the evangelist inquired. "Five dollars a year." "Well," replied Mr. Jones, "how long have you been converted?" "About four years." "What did you do before you were converted?" "I was a drunkard." "How much did you spend for drink?" "About $250 a year." "How much were you worth?" "I rented land and plowed with a steer." "What have you got now?" "I have a good plantation and a span of horses." "Well," said the evangelist emphatically, "you paid the Devil $250 a year for the privilege of plowing with a steer on rented land, and now you don't want to give to God who saved you, five dollars a year for the privilege of plowing with horses on your own plantation. You're a rascal from the crown of your head to the sole of your foot."—Alliance Weekly.


Investments

"My office is just across the street from the First Baptist Church, Dallas. A few days ago one of the big business men of the city came into my office, sat down, and looking across the street, said, `Mr. W—, you have a good deal of money in that church building, haven't you?' `Yes,' I replied, 'about forty thousand dollars in the whole plant.' `Well,' said the visitor, 'if you had that money back now you would keep it, wouldn't you?' `Well, you will let me reply by asking you a question. When that church plant was being erected you had more money than I had. I put mine into the plant and you kept yours; now we are both broke. I have my part in that church plant and many other church buildings and schools, hospitals, orphanages, missions, and other worthy investments to show for my failure. What have you to show for yours?—who is the worst broke?' "—Watchman-Examiner


Glass and Silver

One day a certain old rich man, of miserly disposition, visited a rabbi, who took the rich man by the hand and led him to a window. "Look out there," he said. And the rich man looked out into the street. "What do you see?" asked the rabbi. "I see men, and women, and little children," answered the rich man. Again the rabbi took him by the hand, and this time led him to a mirror. "What do you see now?" "Now I see myself," the rich man replied. Then the rabbi said, "Behold—in the window there is glass, and in the mirror there is glass. But the glass of the mirror is covered with a little silver, and no sooner is the silver added than you cease to see others, but see only yourself."—Selected.


A Lesson from a Horse

Kosciusko once sent a young man named Seltner on an errand and desired him to take the horse which he himself ner said that he would never ride his usually rode. On his return young Selthorse again, unless he gave his purse at the same time. Kosciusko asking what he meant, he answered: "As soon as a poor man on the road takes off his hat and asks for charity the horse immediately stands still, and will not stir till something is given the petitioner; and, as I had no money about me, I was obliged to make believe to give something to satisfy the horse."—Biblical Encyclopedia and Museum.


We give Thee but Thine own,
Whate'er the gift may be;
All that we have is Thine alone,
A trust, O Lord, from Thee.


May the Giver of Gifts give unto you
That which is Good and that which is True;
The Will to help and the Courage to do;
A Heart that can Sing the whole day through,
Whether the skies be gray or blue:
May the Giver of Gifts give these to you. —Selected.


We "Can't Beat God Giving"

Captain Levy of Philadelphia was asked how he was able to give so much and still have so much left. "Oh," said he, "as I shovel out, He shovels in; and the Lord has a bigger shovel than I have."—John Weaver Weddell, in Sunday School Times.


When We Give to the Poor

It is related of that quaint old London preacher, Rowland Hill, that he once attended a meeting in London, the special object of which was to raise money for the London poor. The speaker of the day failed to put in his appearance, and they called on Rowland Hill to speak, and make the appeal for the offering. He arose and said, "My brethren, my text today is: `He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord.' And my sermon is: If you like your security—down with your cash—pass the baskets."—The King's Business.


Getting Our Money Changed When a traveler enters a foreign land, one of the first things he does is to get his money changed into the currency of that land. We can take none of earth's coin to Heaven with us, but we can change it here into good works, distributing liberally, thus "laying up in store . . a good foundation," by which we may "lay hold of eternal life." This is the exchange of currency Christ advised the young man of great possessions to make. No one of wealth is following Christ without this exchange, neither has he any foundation for the treasures of Heaven.—Record of Christian Work.


How to Sing a Hymn

At a meeting of a woman's missionary society the president arose and said: "We will open our meeting by singing the beautiful consecration hymn, beginning:

`Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee!'

We will omit the fourth verse."

"Madam president," said a voice in the rear, "I object to omitting the fourth verse. There are two lines in that verse we should never forget:

`Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold!'

"If it were just the singing of it, it would not be so bad, but we are omitting the practice of it in our church life, and funds are short everywhere."—The Pilot.

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