Messenger Sermon Illustrations

Messenger Sermon Illustrations

Every Christian is a messenger sent by his Master to take the Message of the Gospel to the whole world.

The character of the messenger is illustrated in the following extract from an article in the March, 1899, Philistine Magazine. During the war between Russia and Japan, every Russian soldier who went to the front was given a copy of the 'Message to Garcia'. The Japanese, finding the booklets in possession of the Russian prisoners, concluded that it must be a good thing, and accordingly translated it into Japanese. And on an order of the Mikado, a copy was given to every man in the employ of the Japanese Government, soldier or civilian. Over forty million copies of 'A Message to Garcia' have been printed.—Dale Carnegie

A Message to Garcia

When war broke out between Spain and the United States, it was very necessary to com­municate quickly with the leader of the Insurgents. Garcia was somewhere in the mountain fastnesses of Cuba—no one knew where. No mail or telegraph message could reach him. The President must secure his co-operation, and quickly.

What to do!

Someone said to the President, 'There is a fellow by the name of Rowan will find Garcia for you, if anybody can.'

Rowan was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. How the 'fellow by the name of Rowan' took the letter, sealed it up in an oilskin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the jungle and in three weeks came out on the other side of the Island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and delivered his letter to Garcia—are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail. The point that I wish to make is this: McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, 'Where is he at?'

There is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college of the land. It is not book learning young men need, or instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing—`Carry a message to Garcia'.

General Garcia is dead now, but there are other Garcias. No man who has endeavored to carry out an enterprise where many hands were needed, but has been well-nigh appalled at times by the imbecility of the average man—the inability or unwillingness to concentrate on a thing and do it.—Elbert Hubbard

(Matt. 28. 19, 20; Mark 16. 15, 20; Acts 8. 4; Rom. 1. 15; 2 Cor. 10. 16; Rev. 1. 9)

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