Sermon Illustrations

My 18 month old son Sebastian is a hard worker! Now, he doesn’t usually get much accomplished in a constructive way, but boy is he busy! A couple of days ago Christina and I were outside raking the yard in front of the parsonage and cleaning up the area.

The whole time Sebastian was hard at work too. He had a small rake, just his size, although he did eventually take the big rake from us and we were left using the little rake… and just as we got the twigs and debris and things in a pile Sebastian would come along with his rake and scatter them back around!

This went on for quite a while and a job that should have only taken a very short time a lot longer than it needed to. My favorite though is after Christina or I clean up Sebastian’s play room… he makes sure not to let that last for long!

He will follow directly behind us and empty every one of the little toy boxes in him room back onto the floor! Sebastian is busy all the time… but being busy doesn’t necessarily equate to being productive. God hasn’t called us into random activity… He has given us genuine purpose.

Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord…” Our purpose is to glorify God in all that we do. In the work that we do… in our relationships… in our church… whether you are a cook, a baker, or a candlestick maker… your purpose in life is to bring honor and glory to God.