Sermon Illustrations

Colonel Henry Gariepy, retired Salvation Army officer and author in the United States offered an awakening word. “Even in what sometimes appears to be our religious duties to Christ we find ulterior motives. Have we not too often observed those who come to church for the bread that perishes? In their coming they are seeking respectability, in their service they are seeking an image of devoutness, in their giving they are seeking personal prestige or trying to compensate for a higher gift required by God. Selfishness can govern even our religious pursuits.

“Sometimes we try to cultivate the image instead of the reality, forgetting that if we cultivate the reality the image will take care of itself.”