Messy Sermon Illustration

Pulling someone from a raging river requires us to get muddy too. If we simply toss a rope, the current pulls the rope downstream and out of the victim’s reach. But if we secure ourselves to a steady place on the shore and slowly enter the racing water, we’re more likely to reach them. However, this requires the rescuer to get wet, dirty, and cold, and to place themselves in dangerous scenarios too. This is the Christian walk of serving others well, and it is also the work of evangelism: when we get into others’ spaces to offer rescue, we often get messy in the process.