Another part of preparing a sermon is looking for illustrations to give a special spice to the sermon. I have discovered that people will remember a story I have told to help them recall the Biblical principle. It is sort of like writing a newspaper article, but in reverse. I tell stories in the article and weave the Scripture into the story, but in a sermon I stick to the Scripture and sprinkle in the illustrations. Now you know my secret!
I would like to tell you an illustration that I recently read and shared with my congregation. The mental picture of the story impressed me so much that I just wanted to share it with you today so it could be a blessing in your walk with Christ. An art gallery in Germany has a painting by the famous artist, Mengel. The interesting part of this story is that the painting is unfinished. Mengel was commissioned to paint King Fredrick of Germany talking to his generals. The artist took great pride in painting each general around the outer edges of the painting. Mengel was going to wait to paint the King last, so he left a bare patch in the center of the canvas, with the background full of generals. His plan would have worked to perfection but for one problem, he died before he completed the portrait! The painting was too beautiful to discard, so it was put on public display, a bunch of generals with no king to lead them!
The reason this illustration spoke to me is because of the number of Christians who are in the same situation as these generals. They are all ready to go to work, but the King is absent, not because of the death of any artist, but because they choose to exclude King Jesus from the central part of their lives. You see, when the King is present, He is in charge, but when He is absent we feel that we are in charge of our own lives. Have you ever felt this way? I guess at one time or another we all have. The illustration is a reminder to make sure the King of King and Lord of Lords is in His rightful place in your life. Romans 14:7-8 says, “For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” Amen.
Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!
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