Sacrifice Sermon Illustrations

Sacrifice Sermon Illustrations

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Have You Counted the Cost?

Two young soldiers were talking about the service of Christ. One of them said:

"I cannot tell you all that the Lord Jesus is to me, or what He has done for me. I do wish you would enlist in His army!"

"I am thinking about it," answered the other young man, "but it means giving up several things — in fact, I am counting the cost."

A Christian officer, just passing, heard the last remark, and laying his hand on the shoulder of the young soldier, said:

"Young man, you talk of counting the cost of following Christ, but have you ever counted the cost of not following Him?"

For days that question exercised the mind of that young man, and he found no rest till he trusted the Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of sinners, whose faithful soldier he has been for twenty-seven years.—T., in Scattered Seed

Jimmy Was Ready

Five-year-old Mary was obliged to undergo an operation, and lost so much blood that it was necessary to resort to blood transfusion. The blood of thirteen­year-old Brother Jimmy was found by test to match exactly the little patient's. "Will you give your sister some of your blood, Jim?" asked the doctor. Jimmy set his teeth. "Yes, sir, if she needs it." He was prepared for the transfusion. In the midst of the drawing of the blood, the doctor observed Jimmy growing paler and paler. "Are you ill, Jim?" he asked. "No, sir, but I'm wondering just when I'll die." "Die?" gasped the doctor. "Do you think people give their lives when they give a little blood?" "Yes, sir," replied Jimmy. "And you were giving your life for Mary's?" "Yes, sir," replied Jimmy. Can you tell me of a finer heroism than this?—Amos R. Wells, in Christian Herald.

"I Must Tell"

Missionary labor and personal work are the outstanding demonstrations of love. As in the case of the patient in one of our hospitals in India, who inquired of the doctor how long she would live. When he said. "Three months if you stay in the hospital," she wanted to know how long if she did not stay. The answer was, "Two or three weeks, and you will suffer much." Whereupon she said, "I am going home, I must tell my people about Jesus." And she went and she did it. That was sheer foolishness from the point of view of those who are selfish, but it was a real illustration of what a mighty love for God and for our neighbors the Holy Spirit supplies.Gospel Herald.

"Second Mile" Nursing

It is not Christian to do all that is expected of us. Unbelievers often do that. Christianity does more than that. A man in a hospital, just after a severe operation, asked his nurse to turn his pillow. She at once rearranged two pillows, and made him much more comfortable. As minute after minute and hour after hour dragged on, he noticed that whenever he asked this nurse for anything, she always did more than he asked: did it instantly and cheerily. Finally he asked her if she remembered what the Lord said about going "the second mile," and told her how gratefully he had noticed that she always went that second mile. And it meant, oh, so much, to a weak, suffering patient lying there in helplessness! This man had learned a new lesson from his nurse; all unconsciously she was showing him the meaning of that grace of God that does "exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think."Sunday School Times.

Cost Not Counted

An old low caste woman in India was once asked the price of a temple in the process of building. She turned to the missionary in surprise and said, "Why, we don't know! It is for our god. We don't count the cost!" We should certainly do as much for our Christ as the heathen do for their gods. Real love finds joy in sacrifice as well as in service.—Courtesy Moody Monthly.

A High Salary or Heavenly Reward?

Recently the Standard Oil Company wanted two extra men, and out of the twenty who applied Mr. Li was one of the two chosen. He was housemaster in a boys' boarding school of the China Inland Mission. His wages were to be double what he was earning in the school. Mr. Li prayed much about the matter. He accepted the position, but when he found he would have to work on Sunday he gave it up. Then the manager offered him three times higher wages than he had as a teacher and gave him his Sundays free. He returned to the office but became very unhappy, and in the evening after praying with the head teacher of the school he wrote the following letter in English: "I am sorry I cannot come and work for your company. I have decided to work for God, and win the boys to Jesus Christ. I beg you a thousand pardons." The manager said to one of his friends: "I thought I did well to engage a Christian, but I see they put Jesus first and business second."—China's Millions.

The Making of a Missionary

John saw some ragged boys and invited them to Sunday school. One said that he would go, but he had no coat. John gave him his coat and went in, with him, without one. Years afterward a teacher of a Bible class told the story. A man said, "I was that boy, and Dr. John G. Paton, the now famous missionary, gave me his coat.—The Pentecostal Herald.

The Lepers' Way

On the night of March 16 ruffians set fire to the church in Soonchun Leper Colony, Korea. In vain were efforts to stay the flames. The lepers were heart­broken. To repair the damage will cost $1,250. This sum the lepers have pledged themselves to raise by going without dinner every Sunday for two years.—Missionary Review of the World.

Ready for Either

An ancient medal has upon it the device of a bullock standing midway between a plow and an altar, and under it this inscription, "Ready for Either."—Gospel Herald.

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