Gain Sermon Illustrations

Gain Sermon Illustrations

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).

`What things were gain to me,'
Lord Jesus! these I count for Thee but loss:
Mine be the fervent mind to follow Thee
And glory in Thy cross.

Too oft my foolish heart
Has listened to the false world's siren voice,
Yet, Lord, Thou knowest the eternal part
Is still, through grace, my choice.

One thing alone I'd do;
I've but Thyself, O blessed Lord, to please;
Let me press forward, with the prize in view,
Nor dream of rest or ease.

`What things were gain to me,'
'Tis these I've cast aside and prize no more;
'Tis the deep joy, O Christ, of knowing Thee,
That makes my cup run o'er.

If all should pass away,
Mine's an inheritance that will not fade;
What men call loss, seen in the coming day,
To richest gain is made.

That day is drawing near:
O welcome day! when Christ the Lord shall come,
When He no more shall be a 'Stranger' here,
But honored as God's Son.—K. B.

(Phil. 3. 7-14).

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