Pressed Down

Pressed down Shaken together

Key Verse

Luke 6:38

Additional Verses

Acts 20:35; Proverbs 11:24-25; Matthew 6:21; 2 Corinthians 9:6

Materials Needed

  • 1 bag brown sugar (sugar should be fresh and moist)
  • A cup
  • 2 ziplock bags
  • Paper plate (optional)
  • Garbage bag
  • Chair for a child to sit in

Preparation

Before the object lesson, place a large garbage bag on the floor and put the chair on top of it for easy clean-up.

Object Lesson

The Bible says that if you give to others, you will receive and that your gift will return to you in full.  That means that if you are generous to others, they will be generous back to you.

Have you heard the verse that says “you will reap what you sow” or maybe you’ve heard the expression “what goes around comes around.”  Well, that’s exactly what this verse is talking about.  Luke 6:38 also says that when you give, you will receive the blessing back but it will be pressed down and shaken together to make room for more.

Now I brought some brown sugar with me today and I am going to do a little experiment.  I am going to put some brown sugar into two different bags and I want you to tell me which bag has more than the other. I am going to use he same size cup to do this.

(Take the cup and loosely scoop some brown sugar and put it into one of the ziplock bags).

Now I’m going to put some in the other bag, but I am going to pack the sugar down.

(Pack as much sugar as possible into the cup and plunk it into the second bag).

Now I need a volunteer to hold both of these bags and tell me which one they think has more sugar in it.  (Allow a couple of volunteers to tell you what they think).  Yes, the sugar that I pressed down has more in it.

God says that’s how much we will get return when we give.  Luke 6:38 goes on to say that we will receive our blessing pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over and poured into your lap.

Now I need another volunteer to help me. (Have volunteer sit in the chair and put the paper plate on their lap).

I am going to give you a blessing like the Bible is talking about.  (Scoop some brown sugar up with the cup, over the volunteer’s lap.  Pack it down, then continue pouring sugar into the cup until it spills all over the volunteer’s lap and even onto the floor).

That is how much God will bless you if you give generously to others.  The amount you give will determine the amount you give back.

 

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