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Even Small Acts Of Honesty Can Be Huge

Honesty Obedience Children's Lesson

Source: "Only two return money from overturned Brinks," published online CNN.com, January 13, 1997, retrieved 11/18/23

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2023-11-19

Scripture: Luke 16:10 ; Matthew 25:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Back in 1997 a Brinks armored truck was involved in a crash. It ended up dumping hundreds of thousands of dollars onto a street in Miami, Florida. Witnesses and spectators rushed to the scene — not to help, but to steal! Onlookers, grabbing fists of cash from the street, sidewalk, and gutters, ran from the area, never to be seen again. Others simply found cash and coin after the fact, not knowing when or how the money was deposited there. Police, in desperation, put out an offer of amnesty for any who would return their take of the dumped payload.

Only two people steppef forward:

MIAMI (CNN) -- A mother of six and a school boy are the only ones to have returned money they found in the street after an armored truck overturned in a Miami neighborhood Wednesday.

Only Faye McFadden, who returned $19.53, and 11-year-old Herbert Tarvin, who gave back 85 cents, took advantage of a police offer of amnesty for anyone returning money by last weekend.

Little Herbert said that he had to "do the right thing and turn the money in becuase it doesn't belong to me."

APPLICATION

Eighty-five cents. Eighty-five cents out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Doesn't sound like much, does it? And yet it might as well have been millions. Herbert didn't "steal" the change he recovered from the street; he simply found it there. But his heart was to do the right thing. 

Sometimes "the right thing" comes in small acts of obedience. It's in the daily, small gestures of honesty and obedience that character is forged. 

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much" (Luke 16:10, ESV).

"His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master'" (Matthew 25:23, ESV).

"You shall not steal," (Exodus 20:15, NIV). 

Jesus Is Our Path

Obedience Jesus Christ Salvation

Source: Homiletics, Aug 2006

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-01-10

Scripture: John 14:6

Author: E. Stanley Jones / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

E. Stanley Jones tells of a missionary who got lost in an African jungle surrounded by nothing but bush and patchy clearings. He came upon a native and asked if he could guide him out. The native said he could. 

"All right," said the missionary, "show me the way."

The native said, "Walk," so they walked and hacked their way through unmarked jungle for more than an hour. 

The missionary grew concerned.  "Are you quite sure this is the way?  Where is the path?"

The native said, "Bwana, in this place, there is no path. I am the path."

APPLICATION

In this crazy jungle of a world, there is no path. Jesus is our path.

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life" (John 14:6).

27 Contacts

Obedience Holy Spirit Vision

Source: "Doctors find 27 contact lenses in woman's eye," By Nancy Coleman, CNN Updated 1:26 AM ET, Wed July 19, 2017

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Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-12-28

Scripture: Isaiah 44:18 ; Matthew 13:15

Author: James Miller
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ILLUSTRATION

The British journal of medicine reported in July of 2018 that a woman in England had 27 contacts removed from her eye.  She would put them in but wasn't always able to find them, so she just assumed they had fallen out. 

Actually, the lenses were slipping to the back of her eye and getting stuck.  She just kept adding new ones in, and they piled up. But despite having 27 lenses in her eye, her vision was not 27 times stronger.

APPLICATION

We can add more and more theological information to our minds, but if our hearts aren't transformed, it won't give us a clearer vision of God .  Information without the Holy Spirit can't bring about the life that God desires.

"They cannot comprehend or understand, for He has shut their eyes so they cannot see, and closed their minds so they cannot understand" (Isaiah 44:18). 

Misusing the Bible

Bible Word of God Obedience

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-04-15

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:16 ; 2 Timothy 2:15

Author: Neal Pollard
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Man Digs Hole In The Jungle For God

God's Will Obedience Calling

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-02-17

Scripture: Colossians 3:23

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Read The Owner’s Manual

Bible Obedience Blessings/Blessedness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-11

Scripture: Psalms 1:1

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Off With His Head

Church/Body of Christ Followership Obedience

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-10

Author: Class of ID14 THWX A.Y. / Illustration Exchange
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How NOT To Love Jesus

Obedience Love for God Hypocrisy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-04

Scripture: John 14:15 ; Romans 2:13

Author: Selfie Dad, home produced video
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What Makes You So Smart?

Wisdom Obedience Law (of God)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-30

Scripture: Psalms 119:97

Author: Illustration Exchange / Mitchell Dillon
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Obedience Can Take You to the Moon

Obedience Dreams Rebellion

Contributed By: Chris Horton | Date Posted: 2015-09-26

Scripture: Joshua 1:8

Author: Charles R. Swindoll / Chris Horton
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