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Trading Away The Future

Future Patience Reward

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Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2019-11-01

Scripture: Matthew 6:19 ; Matthew 6:20

Author: Corey Sawyers
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ILLUSTRATION

A Yahoo Sports headline says it all. "Six future first-round picks have already been traded." That is surprising for several reasons, not the least of which is the date on the calendar. Today is October 16, 2019. The NFL Draft isn't until April 23-25, 2020, over six months away. 

  • The Jaguars now have the Rams' 2020 and 2021 first-round picks in exchange for Jalen Ramsey.
  • The Dolphins now have the Texans' 2020 and 2021 first-round picks in exchange for Laremy Tunsil.
  • The Dolphins also have the Steelers' 2020 first-round pick in exchange for Minkah Fitzpatrick.
  • The Raiders now have the Bears' 2020 first-round pick in exchange for Khalil Mack.

With each of these men, their new teams felt they were the missing piece for them to win right NOW. Of course, by trading away draft picks, these teams are mortgaging away their future. 

APPLICATION

How about you? Are you trading away your future for the possibility of getting what you want now?  Jesus warned us not to store up our "treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal," but to store up "treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:19-21).

The great danger Jesus was concerned about is that our hearts will follow our treasure. Do you really want to give your heart to this passing world? Even if moth and rust don't consume these investments, time certainly will.  What we horde for the moment will be gone in a moment.  What we store for eternity will be ours for eternity.

By the way, the previously mentioned teams who traded away their future picks to win today are currently a combined 12-11. The other lesson here is that even when we sell our futures, it rarely gives us what want in the present. 

Ordinary No More

Resurrection Love for God Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-10-16

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:41

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

I remember when I lived in the Northeast, there was this tree that blended in with all of the rest ... until Fall came. That's when it would become the most brilliant and the most beautiful of all the trees in our area. 

 

APPLICATION

Seeing that beautiful tree always made me think of the resurrection when some pretty ordinary people will literally burst forth and shine with differing degrees of glory, depending only upon their love for God.

Amazing stuff is coming people!

"The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their glory. So will it be with the resurrection of the dead" (1 Corinthians 15:41-42). 

The 950th Time Is A Charm

Perseverance Reward Inspiration

Source: "At First She Didn’t Succeed, but She Tried and Tried Again (960 Times)," New York Times, September 3, 2010

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Contributed By: STIRLING BERRY | Date Posted: 2018-12-23

Scripture: Galatians 6:9 ; James 1:12

Author: STIRLING BERRY
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ILLUSTRATION

Grandmother Cha Sa-Soon lived alone in a remote mountain village in South Korea. She always wanted to learn to drive but didn't try to get a license until she was in her 60's.

She failed the written part of the driving test, not once, twice, or 10 times, but 949 times.

Having never driven, a lot of the test terminology was new to her, but she refused to quit. Finally, on her 950th try, she got a passing grade. On the actual "road test" she only failed 4 times before getting passing marks.

By this time, all of Korea knew about her persistence. Her triumph was celebrated and she became a national hero. She was even given a Kia Soul and appeared in one of their commercials.

All because of she wouldn't give up.  

APPLICATION

 Who besides Grandmother Cha Sa-Soon has ever had to take a driving test 950 times before passing it? And who besides Grandmother Cha Sa-Soon has ever become a national hero for passing the written part of a driving test?  

The more difficult the test, the sweeter it is when we finally prevail. 

"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9). 

Make Your Meter Run Backwards

Reward Stewardship Witness

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-08-13

Scripture: Daniel 12:3 ; John 8:12

Author: Thomas Bevers / Illustration Exchange
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One Strange Looking Carrot

God's Promises Heaven Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-17

Scripture: Matthew 19:29 ; Revelation 21:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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What Happens When You Double A Penny Everyday For 30 Days?

Faithfulness Priorities Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-03

Scripture: Matthew 6:20

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Grace Rewards Late Arrivals

Grace Reward Eternal Life

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-26

Scripture: Matthew 20:13

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Crying Babies On A Plane

Motivation Reward Love (Divine)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-09

Scripture: John 13:34

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Oxford Students Given Trigger Warnings

Perseverance Maturity Reward

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-30

Scripture: James 1:12 ; James 1:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Whale Of A Find

Reward Trials Perseverance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-01

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:7

Author: Illustration Exchange
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