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Forget What's Behind

Jesus' Preeminence Followership Worry

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-02-01

Scripture: Philippians 3:13

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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ILLUSTRATION

As I sat on my assigned snowmobile listening to the instructor's briefing, I noticed that something was missing.  My machine didn't have a rearview mirror. As I looked around at the other students, I didn't see one on any of their machines, either.  In fact, the only snowmobile equipped with side rearview mirrors was the instructors.  When I asked the instructor the reason for this, he explained that the outfitter didn't want us to be distracted by what was behind us, but to keep our eyes on the leader.

APPLICATION

Don’t allow what has happened in your past to distract you from following your leader, Jesus.

"...I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us" (Philippians 3:13-14). 

Man Sues Hospital After He Didn't Die

Cross Spiritual Life Followership

Source: Article: "'Not cancer' patient claims costs," BBC News, May 7th, 2007

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Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2018-01-31

Scripture: John 10:10 ; Matthew 6:25

Author: Howard Harden / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

In 2005, a man named John Brandick went to the doctor with troubling symptoms. The hospital performed some tests, told him he had terminal pancreatic cancer and only one year to live. When Mr. Brandick heard this news, he decided it was time to live the good life. He quit his job. He sold his home. His sold his car and most of his clothing. He started spending his life savings. He traveled. He ate at expensive restaurants. He splurged.

About a year later, around the time he was supposed to die, he went back to the hospital to find out why he was doing so well. It turned out, he didn’t have cancer after all. He merely had an inflammation of the pancreas. He was not dying. He was going to live!

Think for a moment how you would respond if you thought you were going to die of cancer and then found out you were cancer free! Mr. Brandick’s response? He sued the hospital for misdiagnosing him! 

APPLICATION

Instead of suing the hospital, perhaps Mr. Brandick should have been thankful for a year of living his life to the fullest. How many of us ever really do that?  It is interesting that it took facing a death sentence before John Brandick really began to live. 

What is holding you back from living your life to the full? Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10). Have you experienced what Jesus promised you? If not, why not? Perhaps the answer is found where He also said, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it" (Matthew 16:24-25).

In other words, the key to real life, abundant life, is death. Death by way of self-denial and self-sacrifice.  Just as Mr. Brandick only began to really live be embracing his own death, so we find our lives by losing them.

Ironically, the meaning and purpose for which we were created can only be experienced in death. 

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Don't Rock The Boat

Spiritual Gifts Divisiveness Followership

Source: The Final Cartwheel, By Lawrence Winkler, p. 18

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Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2018-01-07

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:7

Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
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ILLUSTRATION

 "Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat."

[Jean-Paul Charles Sartre (1905–1980) was a French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and political activist. He was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature but declined the honor because he did not want to take sides in the cultural struggle between the East and the West.]

APPLICATION

"Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good" (1 Corinthians 12:7).  

God has distributed spiritual capacities to the individual members of the body of Christ so that as each one fulfills their purpose, the Church is edified.  Unfortunately, the Corinthians suffered from gift envy.  Rather than being content with the role God had equipped them to play, they lusted after the "greater gifts," the showy gifts, the up-front gifts.  

By placing a premium on certain gifts, they had allowed their pride to divert their attention from the call of God. Instead of positively contributing to the common good, their actions resulted in disharmony and division.  They had stopped rowing and started rocking.  

Belief In God Is Good, Belief In Jesus Is Better

Followership Jesus' Love New Birth

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2016-06-21

Scripture: Hebrews 1:2 ; John 14:18

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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The Power Of The Locomotive

Power Followership Deceived/Deception

Contributed By: Neal Letteney | Date Posted: 2016-05-27

Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:1 ; Matthew 7:15

Author: Neal Letteney
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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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Eyes On Target

Perseverance Followership Object Lessons

Contributed By: Jon Winkelman | Date Posted: 2015-06-06

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1

Author: Jon Winkelman
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The Sound of Pounding Footsteps

Atheism Witness Followership

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-28

Scripture: Romans 10:15 ; 1 Peter 2:15

Author: Ravi Zacharias / Illustration Exchange
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Following the Leader

Followership Accountability Discernment

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-26

Scripture: Luke 6:40 ; Numbers 16:1

Author: Kent Crockett
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Following the Leader

Followership Discernment Accountability

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-22

Author: Kent Crockett
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