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Acting Crabby

Influence Selfishness Encouragement

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-10-19

Scripture: Matthew 5:10 ; Mark 10:29

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ILLUSTRATION

Put a bunch of crabs in a bucket and you'll witness an interesting phenomenon.  When one attempts to climb out of the bucket, the other crabs pull him back down. 

Follow the link above to learn more about "Crab Mentality."

APPLICATION

We see this same thing happen whenever a seeker begins to look for a way out of his hopeless life. Those who are in the same "bucket" reach out to pull him back.  Even those who claim to have no interest in spiritual things will suddenly display a vested interest in holding him back.  If there is no God, why should they care? 

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:10). 

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life" (Mark 10:29-30). 

Additional Application:

From the blog page "Ridiculously Extraordinary":

"I’ve noticed myself doing this on occasion and it’s upsetting to think about. For example, somebody brings an idea to me and I immediately shoot it down. 'Ehh, I don’t think that will work.' And you know what? It might not. But who am I to shoot someone down?

"I’m supposed to be supportive of my friends, family, and business partners.

"So from now on, if a friend comes to me with an idea, instead of shooting it down if I think maybe it’s not doable I’ll say 'Hmm, I’m not sure I can help, but don’t listen to me. What steps can you take right now to make it happen? And how do you think I can help?'”

"Just think of the possibilities if we all supported those close to us in this way."

Rather, Paul tells us that we should, "Rejoice with those who rejoice" (Romans 12:15). 

The Spider (Delivery) Man

Church/Body of Christ Spiritual Gifts Encouragement

Source: "Woman Orders Delivery So Driver Can Kill a Spider For Her" posted by RJ Johnson - @rickerthewriter

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-07-02

Scripture: Hebrews 10:25 ; Ephesians 4:16

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

When Demi Sweeney, a college student in England, was confronted by a spider on the wall of her apartment, she didn't know what to do. Terrified of the creature, there was no one nearby to help. That's when a friend on the phone suggested she call and order food delivery, in the hopes the driver would be willing to kill the offending arachnoid. She received the following message from the food delivery company she contacted:

"You can most certainly request this in the 'delivery note' section when placing your order,"... (adding a spider emoji for extra emphasis). The only thing is, our rider may be more afraid of spiders [sic] than you are..." 

When the delivery driver appeared at her door 20 minutes later with her order of KFC, she begged, "Please, you have to help me – I only ordered food for your help." 

After directing Joe, the delivery guy, to the problem, he climbed on a chair and caught the spider and flushed it down the toilet. 

“I can’t believe the plan actually worked,” Sweeney wrote. “I thanked him so many times, I literally could have hugged him. He’s a hero.”

APPLICATION

Most people are willing to help others when given the opportunity.  The problem can be making sure those people are in our lives to begin with, so they’re there when we need them.  This is one of the important roles of the local church.  As our lives are allowed to overlap in fellowship with one another, we are already there to help and encourage each other as needs arise.  

No need to call the delivery man!

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25, NLT).

“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love” (Ephesians 4:16, NLT).

Do You Feel Plutoed?

Value (True Worth) Self-image Encouragement

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-01-24

Scripture: Galatians 2:20 ; Ephesians 1:7

Author: Neal Pollard
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ILLUSTRATION

Poor Pluto. First, it’s a planet and then it’s not anymore. It has become the Rodney Dangerfield of our solar system. In an award-winning move that probably did not make the “sub planet” feel better, the term “plutoed” was declared the Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society in Anaheim, California, a little over a decade ago. The word means “to demote or devalue someone or something.”

APPLICATION

Do you ever feel “plutoed”? Do you feel like people don’t appreciate you like they should? You may get that feeling on the job, when you’re working harder than anyone else and somebody else gets the credit, the promotion, and the attention. You may get that feeling in your marriage or in the home, whether you’re the husband, wife, parents, or children. You may even sometimes feel “plutoed” by the church. Maybe you feel that your difficulties or problems are being ignored. You might think your contributions or ideas are not taken seriously enough. I’m sure elders, deacons, preachers, Bible class teachers, their spouses, along with everyone else, has to deal with that “plutoed” feeling periodically.

Will you remember a few things? First, remember the value God placed on your soul by sending Jesus to die to save it (Galatians 2:20). Second, remember that God’s system of rewarding is on His time and His terms, but He will not let faithful service go unnoticed or unblessed (Matthew 6:4, 6, 16). Third, remember that you are valuable because of who you are, a child of God (1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:5-6). Finally, remember your obligation to help everyone around you feel valued. Afterall, isn't that the way you prefer to be treated? (Luke 6:31). It’s the Christ-like way (Acts 10:38). There are plenty of people around you who are sorely in need of being “de-plutoed," even as God has uniquely equipped you for the task (1 Corinthians 12:8-12). 

Experience the value that God has attributed to you by showing it to all those for whom Christ died. 

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). 

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect" (1 Peter 1:18-19). 

Running the Race to the Finish - Together

Fact or Fiction? Encouragement Compassion

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-19

Scripture: Galatians 6:2 ; Philippians 2:3

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I Murdered My Grandmother This Morning

Words (Power of) Fellowship Encouragement

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-19

Scripture: Hebrews 10:25 ; Psalms 19:4

Author: Chuck Swindoll / Illustration Exchange
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Donuts Are Awesome!

Respect Complaining Encouragement

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-02-11

Scripture: Colossians 4:6

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The Science of Happiness - An Experiment in Gratitude

Thankfulness Happiness Encouragement

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-08

Scripture: Psalms 136:1 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Pseudonymous Instagram Account Spreads Good Will

Encouragement Words (Power of) Legacy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-17

Scripture: Proverbs 15:23 ; Proverbs 25:11

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I Wish My Teacher Knew ...

Community Transparency Encouragement

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Scripture: Ephesians 4:16 ; Galatians 6:2

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We Are Charlie, Or Are We

Words (Power of) Encouragement Politics

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-15

Scripture: Proverbs 18:21 ; Ephesians 4:29

Author: Jesse Carey / Illustration Exchange
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