Money Sermon Illustrations

Money Sermon Illustrations

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Money has been defined as that something which buys everything but happiness and takes a man everywhere but to heaven. But money used in the right way can confer a great deal of happiness and be the means of starting many a person on the path to heaven. When Saladin died he left directions that his empty hands should be on view outside his coffin. By this he meant to teach that, of all his vast wealth and conquests, he could take nothing with him.

A man once came to visit Robert Hall, the famous English preacher, to take some exception to a statement the preacher had made in his sermon. Hall saw that the man was in the bondage of love of money. Having sized the man up, Hall took a half sovereign out of his pocket and, opening the Bible, pointed to the word "God."

"Can you see that word?" he said to the man.

"Certainly, I can see it."

Then Hall laid the half sovereign over the word. "Can you see it now?" he asked.

There was no need for the man to answer. It was an unforgettable sermon: Money, the love of it, can hide from the soul of man even the face of God.

Definition of Money

A prize was once offered for the best essay on 'Money', and the winner's summing up of the subject was as follows:

'Money is a very useful commodity, and can purchase everything but happiness. It is a passport everywhere but to heaven.'

(Luke 16. 9, 10; 18. 23, 24; 1 Tim. 6. 7, 8)

Eternal Life Without

Isaiah speaks the language of the trader when he says, 'Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money—Yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price.' Spurgeon says about this invitation: 'The difficulty with other traders is to get you up to their price; but my difficulty is to get you down to mine, for the Bread of Heaven is without price.'

(Is. 52. 3; 55. 1)

Heaven Without Money

At the Devil's booth are all things sold:
Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold.
For a cap and bells our lives we pay,
Bubbles we earn with a whole soul's tasking;
'Tis Heaven alone that is given away,
'Tis only God can be had for the asking.—I. Russell Lowell

(Isa. 55. 1; Rom. 5. 15; 1 Pet. 1. 18)

Limitations of Money

Money will buy a bed but not sleep, books but not brains, food but not appetite, finery but not beauty, medicine but not health, luxury but not culture, amusement but not happiness, a crucifix but not a Savior, a temple of religion but not Heaven.

(Ps. 49. 6-8; Eccles. 5. 12)

Love of Money

Way's translation of I Tim. 6. 7-10, with his footnote, is very illuminating.

A Hymn of Contentment

  1. Nothing did we bring into the world, to teach us to remember that we can carry nothing out.

  2. But while we have food and clothing, with these will we content us.

  3. But they that crave to be rich fall into temptation's snare, and into many witless and baneful desires, which whelm men in pits of ruin and destruction.

  4. For the love of money is a root whence springs all evils. Some have clutched thereat, have gone astray from the faith, and have impaled themselves on anguish manifold.

Footnote—The metaphor of this and the lines which follow may be taken from the wild beast which, leaping at the bait hung over a pit, falls in, and is impaled on the stake below.

Spending Money

I'm feeling very rich today,
For Jesus holds my purse.
I need not count its scanty store
As all the assets at my door;
Behind it stands a wealthy name,
And vast resources I may claim
Since Jesus holds my purse.

My Cashier never lets me want
Since He controls my purse:
Debit and credit always meet.
I marvel at His counsel sweet
Concerning purchases I make,
Or money given for His dear sake
While He controls my purse.

I'd face the world in great alarm
If Judas held my purse.
He'd call the gifts of humble love
Naught but a waste, treasure above
Uncertain quantity and poor.
My life would barren be, I'm sure,
If Judas held my purse.

And thus I live a carefree life
For Jesus holds my purse.
Since money is a sacred thing,
Both joy and sorrow it may bring
According as we do His will,
Or find our hearts rebellious still.
Let Jesus hold your purse.

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