Today’s Illustration: “Force Multipliers”

Tony Evans is a master at illustrations and specifically analogical illustrations.  Evans states that he constantly looks for illustrations from ordinary life!

Effective illustrations from everyday life will elude your sermonic preparation if you are not willing to take the time to learn about other areas of life — sports, physics, business, the solar system, flight, golf, historical people and events, etc., effective illustrations from everyday life will elude your sermonic preparation. Numerous websites provide simple understandings of events, people, and concepts.

While an Analogical Illustration takes mental WORK to create and deliver an effective analogical illustration that captures the audience’s attention and thinking, it is worth the effort.  Tony Evans is one of the masters at the art.

Tony Evans stated . . . .

“Now remember, for every spiritual principle, there is a physical illustration.”
— [Audio Clip Link The Heart]



What: A Force Multiplier — The term was primarily used as a mechanical term and has moved into the fields of munitions, leadership, business, and staffing.

“A simple lever could be a solid beam laid across a pivot. Levers, such as this one, make use of moments to act as a force multiplier. They allow a larger force to act upon the load than is supplied by the effort, so it is easier to move large or heavy objects. Watch out a lot more about it.” — treeholz

How:  There are different ways to increase or multiply force, to amplify the results without a significant increase in the output of more energy, money, people, or work.

  • Weapons Multiplier:  The modification of a weapon to accomplish greater impact and damage without increasing size, such as hollow head ammunition.
  • Organizational Multiplier: For example, add a highly skilled or talented individual to a task or staff.
  • Public Speaking Multiplier:  To increase the impact by using great anecdotes, analogies, engaging stories, and powerful metaphors.
  • Speed Multipliers: Designed to increase the speed of or the distance traveled by an object without exerting more energy. 
  • Tool Multipliers:  Adding specific tools to accomplishing a task can vastly multiply the productivity or the output of energy.
  • Mechanical Multiplier:  For example, one can increase “leverage” by extending the length of a bar or changing the location of the fulcrum.  Or the use of hydraulic power is another example of a force multiplier.

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Leverage: Mechanical Advantage — A bolt cutter, a scissor, a pry bar, pulleys, a claw hammer, a wheelbarrow, et al. are all types of levers that give a mechanical advantage.

“A lever is a rigid bar that moves on a fixed point called the fulcrum when a force is applied to it. The applied force, or effort, is used to move a resistance” — anatomy

A simple and well-known example of that is a see-saw.  

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“A simple machine can magnify a force. The degree to which the force is magnified is called the mechanical advantage. Levers are great because they increase mechanical advantage and can generate much larger forces. For example, a hammer or crowbar can easily produce a ton of force for pulling out nails, lifting a rock, or prying up boards.” — owlcation


The ancient Greek Archimedes, the greatest scientist of his time, is reported to have said, “Give me a place to stand, and I can move the world.”


Key Biblical Thoughts:

  • Jonathan / Titus / Barnabas / Epharoditus / Lydia / Stephen / Aaron
  • evangelism
  • key Bible characters
  • people
  • the church
  • fellow-workers
  • The Red Sea —  applied force

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Sermonic Example:

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Archimedes, a Greek scientist, known for understanding and developing the concept of “leverage,” said — Give me a place to stand, and with a lever, I can move the world.  Understanding leverage and the concept of the “lever” is one of the most key concepts to multiplying force or mechanical advantage.

We are very familiar with that law of physics when we, as an adult, position ourselves on a see-saw with a little child on the other side.  We realize, probably with little thought about how a lever works, that if we are not careful as to how we position ourselves or drop out weight on our side, we will catapult that child into the air.  Likewise, that child can lift us up into the air if we move close enough to the middle — the fulcrum.

There are ways to increase or multiply force in the physical world by the use of leverage!  The Lord understands the concept of leverage better than the most brilliant scientist in this world!  He can sit on that side of the see-saw carefully and balance out events in our lives.  He can easily and swiftly move toward and away from the middle and keep the balance as the weight on our side of life keeps changing.  The Lord also knows how to lift us up higher when the burdens of life press down on our shoulders.  

In contrast, when it comes to the stubborn and hardened, He can multiply force and apply the needed pressure to get their attention — ask Jonah or the Pharaoh of Egypt.  He can take a small stone in a sling and multiply the force to take down giants. . . . . 


Now, how about capturing the concept of “counterbalance?”.

Other Information & Links:

See– Building An Analogical Illustration


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