Pulling an Airplane

On October 15, 1997, David Huxley strapped a harness around his upper torso and attached it to a steel cable some fifteen yards long. The other end of the steel cable was attached to the front-wheel strut of a 747 jetliner that weighed 187 tons. With his tennis shoes firmly planted on the runway, Huxley leaned forward, pulled with all his might, and began moving the jetliner down the runway. In fact, he pulled the 747 one hundred yards in one minute and twenty-one seconds.

God’s work resembles that 747 jetliner.  Just as it is impossible to pull a plane any real distance without using its engines, we can do nothing in our own strength.  We must pray for God’s power that enables His church to fly thousands of miles on the wings of Christ. The church needs God's strength and help to grow.

Source: Choice Contemporary Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers, and Writers, Craig Brian Larson
Submitted by the homiletics class of West Coast Baptist College

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