Sermon Illustrations

A bar of steel is worth just a few dollars.

When it is forged into a set of wrenches, it is worth approximately $100.

If that same bar of steel is made into many needles, it can be worth several hundred dollars.

If it is made into fine surgical instruments, it is worth thousands of dollars.

If it is made into tiny springs that are placed into delicate mechanisms, it can be worth tens of thousands of dollars.

But consider the process of change that piece of steel undergoes as it becomes something more valuable.

It is handled, it is hammered, it is forged through a fire.

It is beaten, pounded and polished to become something of greater value.

It is the same with people: Those who suffer most are the ones who are capable of yielding the most.

Through the difficulties of suffering and pain, God can get the most out of us.