Sermon Illustrations


Little JOHNNY had spent hours building a small sail boat, crafting it down to the finest detail. He carried his new boat to the edge of the river and then carefully placed it in the water. How smoothly the boat sailed! Little Johnny sat in the warm sunshine, admiring the little boat that he had built. Suddenly a strong current caught the boat and moved it far from his reach downstream.

Little Johnny ran along the riverbank as fast as he could. But his little boat soon slipped out of sight. All afternoon he searched for the boat. Finally, when it was too dark to look any longer, little Johnny sadly went home. He knew it’d take quite awhile to build himself another boat. But what he didn’t know was that downstream a man found his boat and took it to town where he sold it to a shopkeeper.

A few days later, on his way home from school, little Johnny spotted a boat just like his in the store window. When he got closer, he could see -- sure enough -- it was his!

Little Johnny hurried to the store manager: "Sir, that’s my boat in your window! I made it!"

"Sorry, son, but someone else brought it in. If you want it, you’ll have to buy it."

Little Johnny ran home and counted all his money and had exactly enough! When he reached the store, he rushed to the counter. "Here’s the money for my boat." As he left the store, little Johnny hugged his boat and said, "Now you’re twice mine. First, I made you and now I bought you."