Visions Sermon Illustrations

Visions Sermon Illustrations

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Real Eyesight

Physical eyesight is one of God's best gifts to men—but there is something better. A devoted Christian woman has suffered from dimming sight, and recently a physician was examining her eyes. He did not find much encouragement in his first examination, and expressed his sympathy. She was not disturbed, but told him, in a true and radiant Christian testimony, how good the Lord had been to her and her husband. The physician made a reply that is worth remembering, "You have no eyesight," he said, "but you have vision." And he spoke the truth—for she sees and rejoices in eternal treasures that can never be taken from her.—Sunday School Times.

"I don't look back; God knows the fruitless efforts,
The wasted hours, the sinning, the regrets;
I leave them all with Him who blots the record,
And mercifully forgives, and then forgets.
"I don't look forward; God sees all the future,
The road that, short or long, will lead me Home,
And He will face with me its every trial
And bear for me the burdens that may come.
"But I look up—into the face of Jesus,
For there my heart can rest, my fears are stilled;
And there is joy, and love, and light for darkness,
And perfect peace and every hope fulfilled."—Selected.

The Uplifted Eye

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth" (Ps. 121:1, 2). We need to live the life of the upward look. If we keep our eyes constantly on the things of earth we live on a low plane and miss the best in life. We are like the man who found a gold coin on the streets and ever afterward kept looking downward in the hope of finding more of the treasures of earth. He missed the beauties of the flowers and the sky and kept his eyes fastened on the dust and mire of the street. We need the upward look in order to receive necessary help in the experiences of life. By keeping our faces turned Heaven-ward we are prepared to meet temptations and to care for the duties and responsibilities of life that come our way. "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God."—Christian Monitor.

Seeing What Is Going to Be

A number of years ago a noted artist was working on a great mural. This was to be a great work of art which he intended to be the masterpiece of his life. He had erected a scaffold and was standing upon it, putting in the background of the picture. A friend suddenly came into the studio and stood quietly in the rear of the room, looking at the work. The artist was slapping on the gray tones and deep blues all across the canvas for the background. Then he wished to view his work from a better perspective so he descended the ladder and stepping back, with his eyes on the canvas, he backed right into his friend without seeing him. Enthusiastically he said, "This is going to be the masterpiece of my life! What do you think of it? Isn't it grand?" His friend replied, "All that I see is a great dull daub." Then said the artist, "Oh, I forgot. When you look at the picture you see only what is there. Now, whenever I look at it, I see what is going to be there."—H. A. Ironside.

Gain or Loss

"A young man once found a five-dollar bill on the street," says William Feather, a well-known writer. "From that time on he never lifted his eyes when walking. In the course of years he accumulated 29,519 buttons, 54,172 pins, twelve cents, a bent back, and a miserly disposition. He lost the glory of the sunlight, the sheen of the stars, the smiles of friends, tree-blossoms in the spring, the blue skies, and the entire joy of living."—San Francisco News.

The Lost Image

Michael Angelo lingered before a rough block of marble so long that his companion remonstrated. In reply, Michael Angelo said with enthusiasm, "There's an angel in that block and I'm going to liberate him!" Oh, what unbounding love would manifest itself in us towards the most unlovable—the most vile—if only we saw what they might become, and in our enthusiasm for souls we cried out, "There's the image of Christ—marred, scarred, well-nigh obliterated—in that dear fellow, and I'm going to make that man conscious of it."—A. E. Richardson.

Making a Dream Come True

A Scotch boy by the name of Alexander Duff had a dream in which, in a chariot of great glory, God drew near to him where he lay musing on a hillside, and calling to him said, "Come up, hither; I have work for thee to do."

That vision never faded from his memory. He went to grammar school and to St. Andrews University, where a missionary society was formed among the students, Duff becoming its first librarian.

In 1829 he went out to India as the first missionary from the Scottish church. He was a real pioneer. He opened a school in Calcutta, and later helped to establish a medical college there.

If you have a dream of doing great service for God, try to make it come true as Alexander Duff made his dream come true.—Selected.

The Faraway Look

A poor shoemaker, in his dreary little shop in a great city, one day found by accident that there was one little place in his dark room from which he could get a view, through a window, of green fields, blue skies, and faraway hills. He wisely set his bench at that point, so that at any moment he could lift his eyes from his dull work and have a glimpse of the great beautiful world outside. From the darkest sick-room, and from the midst of the keenest sufferings there is always a point from which we can see the face of Christ and have a glimpse of the glory of Heaven. If only we can find this place and get this vision, it will make it easy to endure even the greatest suffering.—The King's Business.

Not "What," But "Who"

We had rooms connecting: just a door between us, and it was open most of the time. Dr. Griffith Thomas was always engaged in work, and I am a man with enough to keep me employed. As we sat together in the hotel we could talk through the open door. I shall never forget the last season together, both ministering in a Southern city. Dr. Thomas looked up from his desk and said, "Oh, Tucker, we don't know what is in the future, do we?" "No, Dr. Thomas, thank God, we do not!" All was silent for a time; then again he cried, "Oh, Tucker, we know who is in the future, don't we?"—The Wonderful Word.

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