Mounting Up Sermon Illustrations

Mounting Up Sermon Illustrations

Some flightless birds are equipped with wings. Of these there are two classes:

(i) those that cannot fly because of their tremendous weight or enormous stature: e.g. the ostrich, the emu, the cassowary:

(ii) those which, through lack of persecution from land creatures, become lazy and never trouble to fly, finding by experience they can get good food with ease. The result is that ultimately their wings become useless for flying: e.g. the penguin, kiwi, domestic fowls.

(Isa. 40. 31)


In Philadelphia the capital of Pennsylvania, U.S.A., above the city hall, is the statue of William Penn, 25 feet high itself, yet resting on the topmost point of the dome. In autumn, when birds from the North fly South to a warmer clime—often in the twilight or at night—bodies of dead birds are frequently found in the morning among the masonry and on the pavement around the Town Hall. One morning over a hundred dead birds were found, mostly young ones. Flying in the dark and flying low, they struck and stunned themselves on the statues and fell.

That is just the tragedy in the lives of some young Christians. They fly too low, too near the world. We must mount up higher.

(Isa. 40. 31)

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