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Where Your Treasure Is

Stewardship Priorities Sanctification

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Contributed By: Kikeh Anthony | Date Posted: 2021-07-24

Scripture: Matthew 6:21 ; Acts 14:15

Author: Kikeh Anthony - Application by Illustration Exchan
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ILLUSTRATION

On a hot, July summer day in 2021, a man discovered some 158 bowling balls in his backyard during an outdoor renovation. It was during the demolition, around the back steps of his house, that Olson discovered a black sphere buried in the sand behind some cinder blocks.

"That was one of the bowling balls," he said. "I didn't think a whole lot of it. I was kind of assuming maybe there were just a couple in there just to fill in. The deeper I got into it, the more I realized it was just basically an entire gridwork of them making up the weight in there."

As Olson continued digging, he uncovered ball after ball. It finally clicked how this treasure of rusted, cracked, dirty balls got there. There used to be a bowling ball manufacturing plant nearby in Muskegon, Michigan.

The balls were from the 1950s, which meant they were 80 years old.  Although useless as bowling balls, they still had value to some. Olson plans to use the balls as edging for his landscaping or to make sculptures.  He has also donated eight balls for use by a church in a bowling ball cannon at a pig roast. His stepfather also plans to use them as custom furniture legs. 

APPLICATION

In this story, it was the heart of the recipient that determined the value of the treasure.   One saw edging for their landscaping, another a bowling ball cannon, and yet another, legs for their furniture.  The point is the real value isn't in the treasure we unearth but in how we use it.  

Jesus said, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21).  

 

Suffering Makes Us Glow

Suffering Sanctification Testimony

Contributed By: Shane Waldron | Date Posted: 2020-09-13

Scripture: Psalms 34:5 ; Romans 8:28

Author: Shane Waldron
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ILLUSTRATION

A mom told me a story about a time she was standing in a long checkout line with her two boys. One was a toddler, and the other was a big kid. The big kid had a pack of glow sticks, and the toddler was screaming for one. The mother was exasperated. She grabbed the bag of glow sticks, opened it up, and gave one to the toddler. 

Instantly he stopped crying. He stood there with the glow stick, smiling.  Just tickled. Then his big brother took the glow stick from him, and he started crying again. Just as the mom was about to lay into the big brother, he bent the glow stick so it started glowing. 

Then he handed it back to his little brother, who was now amazed with it. The big brother told him, “I had to break it so it would glow.”

APPLICATION

Sometimes God has to break us, so we can glow. That’s why he allows us to suffer. That toddler would have been content to play with his unbroken glow stick, because he had no idea how beautiful it could be. Similarly, we are content with the way things are. We don’t know why God has to break us. But God knows how beautiful we can be when we glow.

Garage Sale Redemption

Redemption Sanctification Salvation

Contributed By: William Blosch | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:20 ; Romans 6:23

Author: William Blosch
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ILLUSTRATION

My son and daughter-in-law love to go to garage and estate sales. Most of the things they find would be classified as junk. The things they find in these sales are already on their way to the trash heap, but the owners set them out for others to sort through in hopes of making a little money from all that trash before it's taken away. 

When my son stumbles across something that catches his eye, he rescues it from impending doom, negotiates a price with the owner, takes it home, and then converts it into something of value. Some of the items that he has restored have taken on a whole new life. These previously condemned sale items become very attractive decorations, retro furniture, or artistic knickknacks. All they needed was for someone to see the value in them, make the purchase, and restore them to their previous beauty.

APPLICATION

Jesus did the same for us when He purchased us with His blood. Every one of us is already on the way to the eternal trash heap, but God sees the value in our worn out, damaged lives. He has chosen us, purchased us with Christ's shed blood, so that He can restore and transform us into something of infinite worth.

Without Christ, we are damaged goods and good for nothing, but we have been redeemed by a steep price. Because of this, and the infinite skill of the artist, the condemned sinner finds his true worth.

"You were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body" (1 Corinthians 6:20). 

I'll Gum Sin Into Perdition!

Sanctification Sin Temptation

Contributed By: Ryan Strother | Date Posted: 2016-02-05

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:22

Author: Ryan Strother
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The History of Booze in Space

Communion Sanctification Rememberance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-01-27

Scripture: Luke 22:19

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Floor Covering and Sin

Repentance Sanctification Worldliness

Contributed By: Jake Bec | Date Posted: 2016-01-08

Scripture: James 1:27 ; Hebrews 12:2

Author: Jake Bec
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Never Take Another Bath or Shower

Justification (Positional) Eternal Security Sanctification

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

Scripture: John 13:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Die Already!

Death Spiritual Life Sanctification

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-08-30

Scripture: Philippians 1:21 ; Galatians 2:20

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Your Life Stinks

Bible Sanctification Self-examination

Contributed By: William Baker | Date Posted: 2015-06-28

Author: William Baker
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Lesson From A Tea Bag

Regeneration Sanctification Object Lessons

Contributed By: Rusty McCormick | Date Posted: 2014-07-22

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:14 ; John 15:4

Author: Pastor Duane Sheriff
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