Missions Sermon Illustrations

Missions Sermon Illustrations

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No Diluted Christianity

Sir Monier-Williams was for more than forty years a diligent student of the religions of India. This eminent Christian scholar gave the following advice to missionaries: "Be fair; be charitable; be Christ-like; but let there be no mistake. Let it be made absolutely clear that Christianity cannot, must not, be watered down to suit the palate of the Hindu, Parsee, Confucianist, Buddhist or Mohammedan, and that whosoever wishes to pass from the false religions to the true can never hope to do so by the rickety planks of compromise."—Lutheran Women's Work.

Must They Longer Wait?

A fine old Chinese, whose home is far inland, learning that a missionary was in his province, set out on a two day's journey to find him. He walked from daylight until dusk, and then away on into the night. Finding a tree by the roadside, he fell asleep beneath its friendly branches, renewing his journey in the early morning. He walked all day, and at nightfall was rewarded by finding the missionary, to whom he told the following story:

"We of our village have long lived with darkness in our hearts, but we hear that you have come to tell us about a God who can bring light on us. Come home with me. It is but a two days' journey across yon mountain. We are poor. My neighbors are poor, but all have promised to share with you their rice. We will give you a bed on which to rest, and will keep you warm. Away beyond us are villages, not just one, or two, or ten, but hundreds. They, too, bid you come."

The missionary, with anguish in his heart, and with tears in his eyes, had to reply: "I cannot go now; my body is broken and sick, and I am having to be invalided home." The old Chinese turned away with deep sadness to go back again into the darkness, to wait—still wait.

Must they perish eternally, these children of darkness, for want of workers to tell them the story of Jesus and His love?—Selected.

A Costly Experiment

Said a minister to his young people: "I want you to spend fifteen minutes every day praying for missions; but I warn you, it will be a very costly experiment." "Costly?" they asked in surprise. "Yes, costly," he answered. When Carey began to pray for the conversion of the world, it cost him himself, and it cost those who prayed with him very much. Brainerd prayed for the dark-skinned savages, and, after two years of blessed work, it cost him his life. Two students in Mr. Moody's summer school began to pray the Lord to send forth more laborers in His harvest, and lo! it is going to cost our country five thousand young men and women who have, in answer to their prayer, pledged themselves to the work. You will find that you cannot pray for this work and withhold your labor, or your money, or your life itself."—Selected.

The Need of India

Speaking to the Association for the Re-emphasis of New Testament Missions, Miss Mayo described the Hindu religion as at the root of practically every social, economic, and political evil of India. "The mutual sharing philosophy will never be advocated by one who has looked beneath the deep misery of this people. There is no earthly good in sending missionaries to India with a religious message that merely sprays the leaves and trims the branches of this tree. The tree must be dug up and its roots destroyed. Its place must be taken by a new and all-powerful growth. It is a great waste to send out men (as mis­sionaries) who do not know what they believe. You cannot kindle a fire with a glow worm."Sunday School Times.

A Real Prayer for Missions

With how much real earnestness do we pray for the sending forth of laborers? A Christian layman at a missionary convention prayed earnestly, "O Lord, send laborers into Thy harvest field." Then as the Spirit carried him along he prayed, "O Lord, send someone from our state convention into Thy harvest field." He paused a moment and then continued, "O Lord, send someone from our church into Thy harvest field." Again there was a pause, longer this time, and an inward struggle seemed to be taking place. At length he prayed, "I have a daughter, just one daughter. O Lord, if it be pleasing to Thee, send her into Thy harvest field." That was real prayer for missions.—Selected.

Better Than an Impressive Presence

A man had gone to hear the great missionary, Hudson Taylor. He was dismayed when the famous missionary rose to speak. Here was a man of small stature, not remarkable in appearance, and, when he began to speak, revealing a thin, high-pitched voice with little natural appeal. But before very long the disappointed auditor found himself in the presence of God; the little missionary had introduced him into the "heavenly places."Sunday School Times.

Beautiful Feet

Dr. Northcote Deck relates that once, when he was climbing a hill in the Solomon Islands, accompanied by a faithful native, to visit some inland villages, it suddenly began to pour rain, as it does only in the tropics. The whole hillside became an expanse of thick muddy water rushing down the slopes. When the storm had abated, and Dr. Deck continued his journey, he drew his follower's attention to the thick mud which had absolutely plastered him from his hips to the soles of his boots. "And the Lord calls these beautiful," he said, holding up his mud-covered legs. "How beauti­ful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings" (Isa. 52:7).—Christian Herald.

Better Stay Home

A recent visitor to China reports that the intelligent Chinese declare: "No, you missionaries do not shoot our people in Shanghai and other places, but you come here to tell us that ours are false religions: yet you bring your sacred book which you yourselves tell is a false book." Again, an Oriental is quoted as declaring: "You ask me to give up what I do believe and accept what you do not believe." The missionary with question marks in his mind would do well to stay at home.—The King's Business.

No Interest

"I have no interest in missions," exclaimed a petulant young lady.

"No, dear," said her aunt, "you can hardy expect to.

"It is just like getting interest at the bank; you have to put in a little something first; and the more you put in—in time, or money, or prayer—the more the interest grows.

"But something you must put in, or you will never have any interest."—Spirit of Missions

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