Sermon Illustrations

On average the servicemen who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier spend about 8 hours to prepare for duty. Their uniform must be meticulously prepared. What preparation do we put into our life of service to God?

A logical question that someone might ask of the soldiers who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Solider is why they do it. Why go through such rigorous training? The work of the guards is tedious and demanding. In snowstorms and rainstorms, in the heat of summer and in the cold of winter, the guards at the Tomb faithfully do their duty. What motivates these soldiers to do such a task? I imagine that for some it is the challenge of doing something few men are able to do that draws them to it. For others it may be the honor, pride, and tradition that go with being a guard at such a sacred memorial. But over all I am sure that in each soldier there is a love for their country and appreciation for those who died in service to our country.

What is that motivates you and me to live our lives worthy of the Lord? Why face the challenges of being a follower of Jesus? Why choose the narrow and difficult path of obedience over the wide and easy path of sin?

From: Michael Otterstatter’s Sermon: Live Your Life Worthy of the LORD!