A good illustration is powerful, if it communicates what you are seeking to show, if it is memorable and if it is able to clearly remind people of what it represents, then good chances your hearers are more likely to be affected.
In my last talk on EXTREME camp, I spoke about living for Jesus. Having laid the foundation of Jesus as Creator and Saviour followed by explaining that life with Jesus is walked with him as he influences our lives and we respond in thanks, life is lived for Jesus not just with Jesus.
Paul begins this section with:
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things”
(Colossians 3:1-3 TNIV)
If we join with Jesus in his resurrection, then we are called to live a life with out mind set on things above, not on earthly things. Therefore, Paul continues and tells us to “put to death” what belongs to the flesh and instead “clothe ourselves” with that which is from above.
At this point I claim no creative genius and have to credit this my dear friend Ben Molyneux. To illustrate this point I wore dirty work overalls and claimed I was heading to a wedding. IT is obvious that these clothes are not suitable for such an occasion, therefore they must be removed and other clothing put on. Subsequently the overalls were removed, revealing suit pants, then a shirt, tie and leather shoes were applied as I described the various characters God calls us to clothe ourselves with.
This illustration is one that was powerful when I first saw it done at a wedding and has since stuck in my brain and reminded me that my life is to be lived in honour of the bridegroom, Jesus, and that I should be suitably dressed.
The talks I gave have been put up on the St Matt’s West Pymble podcast. find them here: