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Jesus Calls Us to Desire More

Happiness Beatitudes Dreams

Source: Beyond Earthbound Dreams, 2010

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-10-18

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

When I was a boy, I always looked forward to our summer trips from San Francisco to West Texas to spend vacation time with extended family.  My two younger brothers and I would pile into our un-air-conditioned car, anxious to begin the long trek across the Southwest.  At the end of each day’s journey, the three of us would beeline our way to the hotel pool to re-hydrate—something we really looked forward to after hours of being blasted in the back seat by the hot desert air.  These were great adventures filled with the excitement of seeing new places and the extravagance of eating out (something we never did back home).

One year during our journey, my youngest brother did something completely out of character for his normally compliant nature.  Despite a tight budget and strict instructions to the contrary, James defiantly placed the same order every time we stopped to eat.  “I’ll have what Dad is having,” he would insist.  Apparently, my little brother had noticed that the plate of food placed in front of our father always looked a lot more appealing than the one typically placed in front of him.  That was all it took.  From then on, all he wanted was what our father was having.  At five years of age, my little brother didn’t know much, but he knew that anything Dad ordered would be better than what he knew to order off the Kiddie Menu.  Genius!

APPLICATION

If only we were that smart about what we desired in life.  If we were, we would stop setting our hearts on things that are certain to disappoint us and start dreaming of things that promise to bring lasting satisfaction.  We would forget about the Kiddie Menu, where the portions and satisfaction are limited, and turn instead to God.  We would ask our Heavenly Father to do the ordering for us, trusting that His choices would be bigger, better and more satisfying.  We would order what He was having—not mere happiness, but blessedness!

This is precisely the prescription we find in the Beatitudes.  Rather than calling us to desire less, Jesus calls us to desire more.  Rather than asking us to let go of our dreams, Jesus exhorts us to dream bigger.  Rather than expecting us to be satisfied with mere happiness, Jesus invites us to experience what it is to be blessed.  Happiness is what we order for ourselves, while blessedness is what we get when we let God order for us.

Mitchell W. Dillon, founder of Illustration Exchange

I Can't Get No Satisfaction

Satisfaction Beatitudes Filled With The Spirit

Contributed By: Paul Strozier | Date Posted: 2012-09-17

Scripture: Philppians 4:11 ; Matthew 5:6

Author: Paul Strozier
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ILLUSTRATION

In 1965, during the Rolling Stones fourth tour of the United States, guitarist Keith Richards suddenly sat up in bed one night at the Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida, turned on a tape recorder, and played what Newsweek magazine would later call, “five notes that changed the world.”  (Play song intro) It’s the introduction to what would become the band’s first number one hit in the United States and eventually land as the #1 song on VH1’s “100 Greatest Rock and Roll Songs of All Time” list.  “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.” Interestingly enough, the lyrics were written as a commentary on American society.

APPLICATION

Keith Richards and Mick Jagger – international icons of excess – were so struck by the sheer volume of American marketing that they felt compelled to write a song about it. We are the single most consumer centered culture of all time - We are absolutely insatiable.

But Jesus promises that we will be satisfied…when we are hungry and thirsty for the right things. When you are so anxious for God that it hurts deep in your belly, you are on the right path. There is nothing on earth that can satisfy this hunger – because it is a hunger for the holy. It is an emptiness which opens the door for the filling of God’s Holy Spirit. It is a hunger for God which allows Him to fill us to overflowing with nothing less than Himself – and He satisfies!

"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances" (Philippians 4:11).

Art Imitating Life

Beatitudes Persecution Devotion

Source: FoxNews.com 5/3/11

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-05-12

Scripture: Matthew 5:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Speaking last week to the congregation of the First Baptist Church in Orlando, FL, actor Jim Caviezel admitted that playing the role of Jesus in the blockbuster film, "The Passion of the Christ," has seriously limited his career, saying that he has since been "rejected in (his) own industry." 

Caviezel says he was warned by the film's director, Mel Gibson, that this was a real possibility. Caviezel responded saying, "We all have to embrace our crosses."

The actor wasn't at all surprised by the reaction to the film. "Jesus is as controversial now as he has ever been," explained Caviezel. "Not much has changed in 2,000 years."

APPLICATION

While Jim Caviezel is an avowed follower of Jesus Christ, it was ironically not his personal faith, but his portrayal of the Savior that landed him on the Hollywood blacklist. Usually, "playing" at being a Christian elicits an innocuous response at best.  It's not until we get "real" with our faith that we begin to pose a real threat to the status quo.  The Christian who is serious about following the Savior can expect nothing less than scorn and disdain from the world. 

Jesus Himself clearly communicated not only the inevitablility of such treatment, but spoke of the blessing that would follow saying, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matthew 5:1-12).

It is a point not missed by Caviezel himself, admitting that he has no regrets. "We have to give up our names, our reputations, our lives to speak the truth," adding that he is assured he’ll recieve his reward in heaven.

The Beatitudes of Current Church Culture

Beatitudes Hypocrisy Worldly Mindset

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-01-30

Scripture: Matthew 5:3

Author: Joe Abbey-Colborne
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The Shadow Of Things To Come

Prophecy Feasts of Israel God's Promises

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-08-23

Scripture: Colossians 2:17

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Life Can Change In a Feline Flash

God's Promises Eternal Security Circumstances

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-30

Scripture: Matthew 6:20 ; 2 Timothy 1:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Squeeze More Joy Out of Every Day

Joy Circumstances Happiness

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2018-01-24

Scripture: John 15:11

Author: Charles Krieg
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Heaven Series--Surprise #4: A Room Prepared Just For You!

Heaven Series God's Provision God's Promises

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-24

Scripture: Psalms 23:6 ; Luke 24:39

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Woman Faces Court For Parking Two Seconds Too Early

God's Judgment Law (of God) Justification (Positional)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-08-21

Scripture: Galatians 2:16 ; Romans 3:20

Author: 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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