Children Sermon Illustrations

Children Sermon Illustrations

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A Wrong Righted

Many years ago a company of slaves were sold by auction in a Nigerian market place. When the market was almost over, a poor little boy was placed on the auction block. He presented such a miserable appearance that the slave buyers laughed at the suggestion to bid for him. At last the boy was purchased for a roll of tobacco, and was made to walk with a gang of slaves to the coast where he was put in the hold of a ship bound for America. But the ship was captured by the British who took the slaves to Freetown in Sierra Leone and set them at liberty. The little boy was put in charge of the missionaries. Many years later there was an interesting ceremony in St. Paul's Cathedral, London. In the presence of church dignitaries, nobles, and statesmen there was consecrated the first bishop of Nigeria. It was the little boy who was sold for a roll of tobacco. Bishop Samuel Crowther did a wonderful work for God in Nigeria where his name is still revered as a true hero of the Lord Jesus Christ.J. S. Hall, in the Sudan Witness.

Girls Sold For Taxes

Here is further proof that militarism is a curse. Japan's farmers must pay 60 per cent of their earnings in taxes. The government spends annually 46 per cent of the national revenue for maintaining the army and navy. Unable to meet these demands in any other way, many Japanese country people are selling their daughters to help pay taxes! Girls of saleable age range from sixteen to twenty-three years, and prices for them run from $3.00 to $300. One farmer rejoiced when he sold his twenty­year-old daughter for Yen 1,000, but changed his tune when he learned that the broker took about 30 per cent as his commission. The National Christian Council of Japan has been concerned about the welfare of Japanese girls and steps have been taken to prevent such sales. —Missionary Review of the World.

"Give me the children until they are seven and anyone may have them after­wards. "—Xavier.

But Some Never Grow Up

It was Johnny, the seven-year-old, who tired of the merry-go-round. The previous summer it had fascinated him, and he could not ride on it too often. This season a single trip had satisfied him, and he declined another. "No, thank you, Grandfather," he said, "you see, we ride and ride, but we stay under that old tent all the time. I guess when anyone gets to be seven years old they're too big to care about going and going that doesn't get anywhere."— The Sunday Circle.

When the "New Generation" Began

We are told that the younger generation are "progressive." Typical young people of today insist upon a new freedom, unhindered self-expression, that they may make needed contribution to the progress of the human race. A cartoon in a recent issue of Collier's admirably satirizes this. It is a ridiculous picture of Adam, Eve, and Cain. Cain has just killed Abel, a portion of whose body is seen lying full length on the ground. Adam is showing considerable excitement over the murder, and Eve is trying to quiet him down. Cain, smoking a cigarette, looks unconcernedly at the dead body of his brother. Under the picture are the words Eve is speaking to Adam: "Now don't take on, Adam. You simply don't understand Cain. He belongs to another generation which is solving its problems in its own way — facing the facts of life frankly, fear­lessly, wide-eyed, and unashamed." —Sunday School Times.

A Coleridge Incident

A visitor of Coleridge argued strongly against the religious instruction of the young, and declared his own determination not to "prejudice" his children in favor of any form of religion, but to allow them at maturity to choose for themselves.

The answer of Coleridge was pertinent and sound. "Why prejudice a garden in favor of flowers and fruit? Why not let the clods choose for themselves between cockleburs and strawberries?"—Presbyterian Record.

What Are Our Schools Doing?

Steeped in doubt, a Pasadena parent, who is working his son's way through college, appeals to the Los Angeles Times. "Tell me, please," he requests, "your interpretation of the over-subscribed expression, a `Christian land.' " "A `Christian land,' " defines the editor, "is one where people support colleges to destroy the faith they have taught their children."—The Pathfinder.

Child Conversion

Too much stress cannot be laid upon the importance of the conversion of children, and that when they are quite young. History gives us many instances to support this thought. Here are a few:

In the first century Polycarp, a boy only nine years of age was genuinely converted. He remained a faithful Christian and when the great persecution of the second century was raging he was condemned to death. They told him that they would set him free if he would deny his loyalty to Jesus Christ to which he replied, "Eighty and six years have I served Christ; He has never done me any harm; then why should I deny His Name?"

Isaac Watts also was saved at about nine years of age. As a result of his devoted life many thousands have been lifted Heavenward through the medium of his hymns.

Jonathan Edwards, that great apostle of the New England revival was saved when only seven years of age. What a loss to the Church it would have been if someone — whoever that someone had been—had not led that little boy, taught him, encouraged him and helped to shield his young and tender life against the powers of Satan.

Henry Ward Beecher received his first religious impressions when he was five years old, from an old colored servant. We may not know this humble, unrecognized, unpraised servant but the Lord knows.

Rev. F. B. Meyer said, "If the world is ever to be saved it must be saved through childhood." I wonder who wrote the following lines:

"An angel paused in his downward flight
With a seed of truth and love and light;

And he said, `Where must this seed be
To bring most fruit when it is grown?'
The Master heard as He said and
'Go, plant it for Me in the heart of a child.' "

Suppose Paul had been converted at sixty instead of about thirty or so. How different his record would be. Matthew Henry was saved at eleven. Had he been saved at seventy we would not have his helpful commentary.

Richard Baxter was saved at six years of age. Had he been saved at sixty we would have hardly had that grand book, "A Call to the Unconverted," with that long trail of inspiration and blessing following it.

It is said that Millet, the famous painter of "The Angelus" was but a little boy when he saw his first sunset on the ocean. This made a wonderful impression upon his mind; it threw him into an ecstacy of delight. His father standing by his side noticing this in his son's expression reverently took off his cap and said to him, "It is God!" The boy never afterward failed to associate this vision with the glory of God.—Gospel Herald.

Too Little Children

Said a precious little laddie,
To his father one bright day,
"May I give myself to Jesus,
Let Him wash my sins away?"

"Oh, my son, but you're too little,
Wait until you older grow,
Bigger folk, 'tis true, do need Him,
But little folk are safe, you know."

Said the father to his laddie
As a storm was coming on,
"Are the sheep safely sheltered,
Safe within the fold, my son?"

"All the big ones are, my father,
But the lambs, I let them go,
For I didn't think it mattered,
Little ones are safe, you know."

Oh, my brother! Oh, my sister!
Have you too made that mistake?
Little hearts that now are yielding
May be hardened then — too late.

E'er the evil days come nigh them,
"Let the children come to me,
And forbid them not," said Jesus,
"For such shall my Kingdom be."Selected.

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