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Ephesians 5:20; Romans 8:28; 1 Thessalonians 5:18
- Sheet of paper with black dot in the center. You could make several of these and hand them out if you prefer.
(Hold up the sheet of paper with the spot on it).
Can anyone see what I have here? (Wait for responses. The kids should say “a dot,” or “a black spot.)” Is that all you can see?
You missed what I really have! I actually have a perfectly good piece of paper here but the only thing that most of us could see was the little tiny black dot.
Often times when we look at our life the only thing we can see is the black dot. The bad things. The negative. And then we focus on them.
We don’t look at the good things that God has done. We don’t count our blessings. We just focus on the bad.
Tell me some things that are good in your life? Some things that you have to be thankful for. (Wait for responses and then write a bunch of the good things on the paper and hold it up.)
See! There is a lot more good than bad here. The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:8 to think about the good and positive things in our lives, not the bad things.
Did you know that God can even make the things that seem bad work out for Good? He says so right in Romans 8:28! He says that he will work everything together for good for the that love Him. Do you love Him?
(Draw a cross over the top of the spot.)
See, even the things that were bad in our live God works out for good!
The next time you are tempted to complain, instead try to look at the good things that are going on. And you want to watch God work in an amazing way!
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Acts 20:35; Proverbs 11:24-25; Matthew 6:21; 2 Corinthians 9:6
- 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
Before the object lesson, place a large garbage bag on the floor and put the chair on top of it for easy clean-up.
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.
Deuteronomy 14:22-28; Deuteronomy 15:10; Matthew 23:23; Luke 6:38
- ten $1 bills
Do any of you get an allowance? What do you have to do to earn it? (Wait for responses.)
The Bible teaches us that we have to be generous with our money, but do you know what more people want to do? They want to hold on to it tightly. (Squeeze the money in one of your hands.)
They see someone in need and instead of being generous and helping them, they squeeze onto their money.
They go to church and they know God wants them to give their tithes and offerings generously, but instead they squeeze tightly onto what they have.
But there is a very big problem. See in Malachi 3:10 God says that he wants to open the windows of Heaven to bless you! Doesn’t that sound pretty amazing? Would you like God to bless you like that?
(Keep squeezing the money.)
The problem is that when God tried to bless us He can’t because our hands are closed too tightly from holding onto what we have. We are clinging so tightly to our money that God cannot bless us like he wants to.
What do we need to do to be able to get the blessings from God? We need to open our hands. (Open your hand.)
When our hands are open we are now willing to give generously to our church and to those in need. When our hands are open we are now able to fully receive the blessings from Heaven that God wants to give us.
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