Sacrifice Sermon Illustrations

Sacrifice Sermon Illustrations

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Fire When Ready

One newspaper editor recently gave us these wise words: "The way some are inclined to try to do business with Reds and conduct trade with Communist countries because of hopes of immediate financial advantage is quite in contrast with a situation involving Declaration of Independence signer John Hancock in the American Revolution.

"When Gen. George Washington besieged Boston, he asked Hancock whether the city should be bombarded, to which Hancock replied: 'Nearly all the property I have in the world is in houses and other real estate in Boston; but if the expulsion of the British army requires their being burnt to ashes, issue the order for that purpose immediately.'"

How wonderful it would be if the spirit of Hancock as to his property in relation to the cause of freedom would possess all Christians as to the causes of Christ.

I would that all Christians everywhere were able to give the testimony Paul gave: "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of

Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead" (Philippians 3:7-11).

Sacrifice or Service

David Livingstone, mighty missionary, who opened in Africa the highway marked by tombstones of martyr missionaries, said this:

People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending much of my life in Africa. Can that he called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay? Is that a sacrifice which brings its own best reward in healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter? Away with the word in such a view, and with such a thought! It was emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger, now and then, with a foregoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause, and cause the spirit to waver and the soul to sink, but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall hereafter be revealed in and for us. I never made a sacrifice. Of this we ought not to talk when we remember the great sacrifice which He made who left His Father's throne on high to give himself for us; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.

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