Sermon Illustrations

(Have a backpack filled with many things and things hanging off of it.) Life is kind of like backpacking in a tunnel. Imagine for a moment that I was backpacking in a tunnel, and the further I went the smaller the tunnel became. Eventually these (skis or whatever) would jam against the wall. I would have a decision to make, either stop and don’t go anymore, or take the skis off. In our Christian life sometimes things hold us back from getting closer to God, and they may be good things! We have a choice to make, are we going to stop, or are we going to cast those things off?