Sermon Illustrations

A young second lieutenant at Fort Bragg discovered that he had no change when he was about to buy a soft drink from a vending machine. He flagged down a passing private and asked him, "Do you have change for a dollar?" The private said cheerfully, "I think so; let me take a look."

The lieutenant drew himself up stiffly and said, "Soldier, that’s no way to address an officer. We’ll start all over again. Do you have change for a dollar?" The private came to attention, saluted smartly and said, "No, sir!"

Jesus said his followers were not to throw their weight around. “Whoever wants to be a leader among you in my kingdom must be your servant. The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life a ransom for many.”