Giving Sermon Illustrations

Giving Sermon Illustrations

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The story is told of a farmer who was known for his generous giving, and whose friends could not understand how he could give so much and yet remain so prosperous. One day a spokesman for his friends said: `We cannot understand you. You give far more than any of the rest of us, and yet you always seem to have more to give.'

'Oh, that is easy to explain,' the farmer said. 'I keep shoveling into God's bin, and God keeps shoveling back into mine, and God has the bigger shovel.'—Dr. Herbert Lockyer

(Prov. 3. 9, 10; 2 Cor. 9. 8).

A little Chinese boy who lived in Manila in the Philippine Islands was saving up to buy a bicycle, but when he had saved about three pounds he decided there was something he wanted even more than a bicycle and that was to help the Chinese people who were suffering in their own country so terribly because of the way Japan was smashing their homes and ruining their farms. He knew that many of those poor folks were starving, and he decided that he had better do something about it. So he went to a bakery and spent all the money that he had saved on sacks and sacks of bread. Then he dragged his sacks to the offices of the Chinese Relief Committee. The people there were very surprised to see all this bread and wondered what in the world they were going to do with it. They didn't want to hurt the little chap's feelings by telling him that if they tried to send it to China it would be stale and moldy before it got there. So at last they decided to call it 'Patriotic bread', and sell it again to the Chinese people in Manila. It was amazing how quickly it was bought. At the end of the day the boy's three pounds had grown to ten.

`This is a great idea,' said the committee, and with the ten pounds they bought more bread and tied labels to it, telling that it was `Patriotic bread' again. The Chinese women of Manila sold it outside shops and theatres, and everyone rushed to buy it. After three days the three pounds had grown to three hundred, and this large sum was sent to China in the boy's name.

But the story isn't finished yet. An American returned from Manila to the United States and she told this story to a great many people. Among those who heard it was Mr. Henry Ford, the motor car manufacturer, and his wife felt sorry that because of his unselfishness the boy didn't get his bicycle for which he had worked so hard. She sent twenty dollars to Manila and asked the China Relief Committee to buy a bicycle for the boy. They did so, and the wife of the American Commissioner presented it to him at a public ceremony attended by all the important people of the town.

But, although he now had his bicycle, the boy still wanted as much as ever to help the poor people of China, and so he decided to hire out the bicycle for two shillings an hour and send all the money to the relief fund.

The bicycle is now supporting a Christian home in China for fifteen orphan boys. And every word of this story is true.—A. C. G. in The Pilgrim (written before China became Communist)

(2 Cor. 9. 11, 12).

`Some people give according to their means, others according to their mean­ness.' There are three kinds of givers:

The flint never gives till it is well hammered, and then it yields only sparks.

The sponge gives only when you squeeze it and keep on squeezing it till it is dry.

The honeycomb gives freely and keeps on giving.

(Exod. 35. 21, 22; Acts 4. 34, 35; 2 Cor. 8. 12; 9. 7; Heb. 13. 16).

'Give until you feel it: then keep on giving until you don't feel it,' said D. L. Moody. An old German said in his broken English, 'I likes to give villingly; when I gives villingly, it enjoys me so much I give again.'

What makes the Dead Sea dead? It is all the time receiving and never giving out.

(Matt. 10. 8; Acts 20. 35).

Dr. Paul White, the `Jungle Doctor' recently told a group of business men about two Africans, lepers, with hands so eaten away that they were just bandaged stumps, who wanted to help the missionaries; so for weeks on end they worked in the deep saw-pit sawing logs into boards for a new part of the bush hospital. When the job was done, each received the sum of thirty shillings. The Doctor noticed them dividing the little pile of silver into two parts, and asked why. When told that one half was for the Lord, he said to them, 'But that's too much. God only asks for a tenth-three shillings, not fifteen shillings.' `But, Bwana,' one of them quickly replied, `we love Him far more than that.'

(Gen. 14. 20; Mark 12. 44; 2 Cor. 8. 1, 2).

Giving Our Best.

On a black cloudy day the late Queen Mary was out walking in the vicinity of Balmoral. She walked rather far, and as the rain came down she stopped at a cottage and asked for the loan of an umbrella. The woman did not know the Queen so decided to give the stranger an old umbrella with a broken rib. Next morning a man in gold braid appeared at the cottage door and said, 'The Queen asked me to thank you for lending her the umbrella.' The woman in the cottage was dumbfounded and with tears flowing down her cheeks she said, `What an opportunity I missed! Why did I not give the Queen the best umbrella I had?' Let us make sure we give to God the best we can.

(Mal. 1. 7, 8; John 12. 3).

The sister of Nietzsche tells that, when the thinker was a little boy, he and she decided on one occasion to take each of them a toy to give to the Moravian sisters in support of their missionary enterprise. They carefully chose their toys and duly carried them to the sisters. But, when they returned home, Nietzsche was restless and unhappy. His sister asked what ailed him. `I have done a very wicked thing,' the boy answered. `My fine box of cavalry is my favorite toy, and my best. I should have taken that.' But do you think,' his sister asked, 'that God always wants our best?' Yes!' replied the young philosopher, 'always, always!' The lad was then, at least, following the right course.

(Exod. 23. 19; Mal. 1. 7, 8; 3. 10).

Praying About Giving

Pray about giving. The more we give, the more we have to give. I am as careful about investing God's money in a place where it will bring spiritual profits as I am in my own business investments. I feel worse about a bad investment made with God's money than with my own. God will hold us responsible if we do not give or if we give prayerlessly.—John Wellons

(1 Tim. 6. 17-19)

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