Work Sermon Illustrations

Work Sermon Illustrations

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Blessed is the man who has found his work. One monster there is in the world—the idle man.—Carlyle, Friendly Chat


Working is more than a way of earning a livelihood. It is a way of keeping one's self-respect.—Friendly Chat


There is no better way to take the irk out of work than to put love into it.


A farmer who was asked what time he went to work in the morning replied, "Son, I don't go to work. I'm surrounded with it all the time."


Work and Shirk are two little brothers;
Work is always busy, doing things for others;
Shirk is very lazy, and lies around the house,
Stretching and yawning, as useless as a mouse.
All through the day Work makes things hum,
But Shirk sits around, and just looks glum.
Which do you think is dearly loved by others—
Work or Shirk, these well-known little brothers?—From The Young Soldier, Toronto Sunshine Magazine


In the Concordance the order is—Word, Work, Worker, World. It is the Word—God's Word—for the whole world; but, between the two and indispensable, are work and worker. Often the true sequence is reversed. Christians feel the need of the world, look for a work to do, and then turn to the Word for their message.

(Isa. 55. 11; Mark 16. 15; 2 Tim. 4. 2)


Life's Work

Holman Hunt, painter of 'The Light of the World', started life in a London office. The firm with which he was employed was engaged in the cotton trade. He drew flies on the window so well that his employer thought them real. Had he remained in the office, he would have missed his vocation.

H. G. Wells was first a draper's assistant, then a science master, and after that he found his life's work in writing.

David Livingstone, who spent so many years and endured so many hardships as a missionary in Africa, found his life's work right away, and, like Isaiah, responded to the call of the Lord, `Here am I: send me'.

(Jer. 1. 5; 1 Tim. 1. 12, 13)


Our life's work is a complete whole, yet it is made up of little things, good works. 'We are God's workmanship': and the word Paul uses is the Greek word from which we derive the English word `Poem'.

In her book Odd Patterns in the Weaving—Mrs. Sonia E. Howe in her narration mentions something seen when she was still in her teens. A famous Russian academician was working at a Mosaic, a copy of an old oil painting which had been in a famous Cathedral. He was putting in tiny pieces of marble, one by one, to carry out the beautiful design. Sonia Howe approached him and said, 'Is not this fearfully dull, uninteresting work?'

`No, not at all,' the artist replied, 'for, you see, it is work for eternity.'

(1 Cor. 15. 58; Col. 1. 28, 29)


Nothing, either great or small,
Nothing, sinner, no;
Jesus did it, did it all,
Long, long ago.—Selected


All work and no play
Makes Jack surreptitiously gay.


"Wot cheer, Alf? Yer lookin' sick; wot is it?"
"Work! nuffink but work, work, work, from mornin' till night!"
'"Ow long 'ave yer been at it?"
"Start tomorrow."—Punch.


Several men were discussing the relative importance and difficulty of mental and physical work, and one of them told the following experience:

"Several years ago, a tramp, one of the finest specimens of physical manhood that I have ever seen, dropped into my yard and asked me for work. The first day I put him to work helping to move some heavy rocks, and he easily did as much work as any two other men, and yet was as fresh as could be at the end of the day.

"The next morning, having no further use for him, I told him he could go; but he begged so hard to remain that I let him go into the cellar and empty some apple barrels, putting the good apples into one barrel and throwing away the rotten ones—about a half hour's work.

"At the end of two hours he was still in the cellar, and I went down to see what the trouble was. I found him only half through, but almost exhausted, beads of perspiration on his brow.

"'What's the matter?' I asked. 'Surely that work isn't hard.'

"'No not hard,' he replied. 'But the strain on the judgment is awful.'"

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