Work Sermon Illustrations

Work Sermon Illustrations

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Too Easily Pleased

A Japanese boy came to the home of a minister in Los Angeles and applied for a position. Now it happened that the household was already well supplied with servants; so the minister's wife said, "I am sorry, but we really haven't enough work to keep another boy busy."

"Madam," said the Oriental politely, "I am sure that you have. You may not know what a little bit of work it takes to keep me employed." One does not have to go to Japan to find such people; they can be found in most churches.—Record of Christian Work.

We are not here to play, to dream, to drift,
We have hard work to do, and loads to lift;
Shun not the struggle, face it; 'tis God's gift,
Be strong!!

It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong,
How hard the battle goes, the day how long,
Faint not, fight on, tomorrow comes the song,
Be strong!!

At the End of the Report

"It was my privilege to meet on one occasion with a little society in a small town," said the leader of a young people's organization. "But it was a little society with a large spirit. They required written reports at each business meeting. At the end of each report this sentence was added, 'This work done for Jesus Christ.' If nothing had been done, the report was written, 'Nothing done for Jesus Christ.' The president told me that that little sentence made a profound impression, and its effects were visible and audible in greatly improved work."—Earnest Worker.

The Italian Immigrant's Gratitude

When Mario Izzo, an Italian immigrant, was put on relief in a western Pennsylvania town, he looked at his first weekly check, seized a broom, and went out to sweep the streets six hours a day, six days a week. He explained: "I think this is a wonderful country. I decide I will be an honest man with this country. So I start to sweep. My bread it tastes sweet, and I feel like an honest man, because I work." A lesson for you? and for me?—Readers' Digest.

Why Trouble God?

Dr. Adam Clarke, the great commentator, was a slow worker, and he could only produce his wealth of literary treasures by long and patient toil. He therefore made it his custom to rise early every morning. A young preacher, anxious to emulate the distinguished doctor, asked him one day how he managed it. "Do you pray about it?" he inquired. "No," the doctor quietly answered, "I get up." Mr. Moody used to tell how once he came upon a group of wealthy American Christians praying for the removal of a debt of five hundred dollars on their church building. "Gentlemen," said Mr. Moody in his incisive way. "I don't think if I were you, I should trouble the Lord in this matter."—Light.

Don't Be a Wheelbarrow!

There is a sign at the entrance of a great manufacturing plant that reads: "If you are like a wheelbarrow—going no farther than you are pushed—you need not apply for work here." The real beauty of Christian living lies in "the second mile." Jesus talked at length to His followers that they were to be known by the beauty of going a little farther, and, consistent with His own teaching, He took the road to Calvary.—Young People's Weekly.

You Can Win

No matter how hard,
Your problem may be,
And rugged the hill to climb,
You can win the day
If you plug away
And make good use of your time.

The man who despairs
Before a hard task
And slumps in an easy chair,
Has nothing to win,
When he weakly gives in,
But vain disappointment and care.

Be up and alert,
Get on with your job.
Don't dream of the things you will do;
Push on toward the goal
With heart, mind and soul,
And prove the true mettle in you.—Grenville Kleiser.

"Every Christian should be a workman for God, but no one can be a workman for God until he is the workmanship of God."—Selected.

A Question of Ownership

A Canadian Sunday school superintendent felt that he was not receiving sufficient co-operation from the parents, teachers, and officers of the school. In order to have the individual responsibility better realized, he assembled the entire school, and started his talk by asking, very emphatically, "Whose Sunday school is this?" For a moment there was silence, then a tiny blue mitten was raised. Leaning down to its wee owner in a front seat, the young superintendent said, smilingly, "All right, Penelope, you tell us." The child raised her blue eyes and in so soft a tone that he had difficulty in hearing her, said, "It's Jesus' Sunday school." The unexpected reply inspired the entire membership to a new spirit of consecration, as leader and classes alike recognized that they were indeed co-workers with God for the building up of His Kingdom. —Adapted from Sunday School Times.

A Safe Motto

When Temple Hall, London, was built, the Masters of the Bench ordered a handsome clock to be placed there, with an appropriate motto on the face of it.
For many days the skilful mechanic waited for the motto, until, becoming impatient, he made his way to the Benchers' Chambers, and pressed them for the needed words. One of the Masters, becoming angry, rose up and said to the mechanic: "Go about your business." The latter, thinking this was the order, placed the words on the face of the clock, and there they were allowed to remain. If Christian workers would have for their motto, "Go about your Father's business," what mighty wonders would be accomplished!—Sunday School Times.

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