Time Sermon Illustrations

Time Sermon Illustrations

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One of your greatest possessions is the 24 hours directly ahead of you.—Grit


E. W. Scripps, great publisher, once remarked of one of the men whom he had promoted: "He was obviously a good executive. He did not get excited and always seemed to have time on his hands." That's a fine ideal for others as well as executives: to organize and plan and concentrate on our work so that we always have time on our hands—time to think.—Fred Dearmond, Rotarian


Time's Up

In Deuteronomy 31:14, we read: "And the Lord said unto Moses, Behold, thy days approach that thou must die: call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of the congregation, that I may give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation."

In Jeremiah 28:16, we read: "Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the Lord."

In Daniel 5:26-30, we read:

And this is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God hath   numbered   thy   kingdom, and finished it. Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him,  that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. And in that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

In Luke 12:20, we read: "But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?"

In Hebrews 9:27, we read: "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"

All these sobering truths given concerning one solemn fact that are put into our minds and hearts in sweet and simple fashion by Frank L. Stanton in the poem he entitled Time's Up

Time's up for love and laughter;
We drained the banquet cup.
And now the dark comes after,
And lights are out—Time's up!

O lovers in sweet places,
With lips of song and sigh,
Come forth with pallid faces
And kiss your last goodbye.

O sweet bride at the marriage,
Impatient at thy gates.
Beside a sable carriage
A ghostly groomsman waits.

O statesman, crowned and splendid,
The laurel leaves thy brow;
The long debate is ended—
The halls are voiceless now.

Time's up for wooing, winning—
For doubt, for dream, for strife;
For sighing and for sinning—
For love, for hate, for life!

Time's up. The dial's mark is
On the last hour complete.
Lie down there where the dark is
And dream that Time was sweet.


Truths About the Time

Time is one of God's greatest gifts to men. Nothing is more valuable than time, for time spells opportunity. One may kill time, but he cannot restore it to fife. Time never comes back. All the world's money cannot buy back time. Nobody can unlive or relive one minute of all the time that has gone forever into time's tomb. And there comes a time when time is up. Stanton wrote these unique verses on that subject:

Time's up for love and laughter;
We drained the banquet cup,
And now the dark comes after,
And lights are out . . . Time's up!

O lovers in sweet places,
With lips of song and sigh,
Come forth with pallid faces
And kiss your last good-by!

O sweet bride at the marriage,
Impatient at thy gates,
Beside a sable carriage
A ghastly groomsman waits!

O statesman,  crowned and splendid,
The laurel leaves thy brow;
The  long  debate  is  ended—
The halls are voiceless now.

Time's up  for wooing, winning—
For doubt, for dream, for strife;
For sighing and for sinning —
For love, for hate, for life!

Time's up . . . The dial's mark is
On the last hour complete.
Lie down there, where the dark is
And dream that Time was sweet!

And Robert Merrill wrote, under the title "Time Flows":

A river cannot turn around
To run the other way,
Nor has a traveler ever found
A road to yesterday.

Man may wish and women weep,
But stars will plummet down,
And neither faith nor hope may keep
A leaf from turning brown.

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