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Proverbs 16:25; John 14:6; John 10:9
- a rope or beam
- cutout of Jesus
- several items to represent things that might distract us from God: video game controller, books/magazines, music, cell phone, toys, friends, etc.
Two volunteers (student or another teacher) Lay the rope or beam on the floor. It may be placed in a straight line or it may be zigzagged. Along the rope, place the props that will serve as distractions from God. At the end of the rope, place the figure of Jesus. Alternatively, you could use a treasure chest or crown or something to signify the prize (eternal life) that we receive for following Jesus.
The Bible tells us in Matthew 7:13-14 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway (or path) to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road (path) is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”
Following Jesus is the best way to live, but it is not always easy. Did you know that we have an enemy called the devil and he wants to try to get us off of the narrow path by distracting us.
He does not want us to follow Jesus, so he will do anything he can to stop us. My friend, (fill in volunteer’s name here), believes in Jesus and he is on that narrow path that leads to Heaven. (Have the volunteer begin walking the rope).
He is doing really great following Jesus and he’s trying to honor God. Uh oh, our friend is supposed to be getting ready to go to church but he saw his video games sitting there. (Volunteer picks up the controller and starts pretending to play). Oh no, his mom is calling him to get ready for church and he won’t stop playing his video games. He’s gotten really distracted.
Let’s help him get back on the path. (Coach the class to tell him “Get back on the path”).
Ok, our friend realized that he was getting to distracted by his video games. He’s back on the path again and he’s doing good. (The volunteer now picks up a book or magazine). Our friend was doing great, but now he’s reading something and it’s a book that his parents told him not to read because he was too young for it. He’s probably going to have scary dreams now and he’s disobeying his parents.
Let’s help him get back on the path (Coach the class to tell him “Get back on the path”).
Alright he’s on that narrow path and he’s following Jesus but now he’s going for his cell phone. (Volunteer begins texting). Now he is spending so much time texting and playing games that he doesn’t have time to read his Bible or do his chores.
Get him back on track! (Coach the class to tell him “Get back on the path”).
Ok he’s gotten back on the path. But now, he starts hanging out with one of the big bullies at school. (Second volunteer is the bully and he invites him to try cigarettes after school). It sounds like our friend needs to get away from this bully. He’s spending too much time with him and he’s not a good influence on him.
Let’s help him get on the path (Coach the class to tell him “Get back on the path”). (Volunteer gets back on the path and makes it to Jesus at the end.)
Our friend made it Jesus! Let’s give him a round of applause. (Have the volunteers sit down). So our enemy the devil uses lots of things to distract us from God. He tries to get us off of the narrow path. Now, it’s ok to play video games sometimes and to use our cell phones, but when we do something that makes us disobey God or we do something so much that we don’t have time for him any more, then it’s a distraction and we need to refocus our attention on God.
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Psalm 119:15; Luke 10:28-32; Philippians 4:8
- 2×4 Board
(Come out carrying the 2×4 and lay it on the floor.)
Have any of you ever walked on a balance beam before? Do any of you think that you would be able to walk along this board without falling off? (Pick a volunteer to come up and help you out.)
All you have to do is walk across this board, but don’t fall off! I will stand at the far end and you just walk across the board towards me. (Let the person walk across the board towards you, it should be pretty easy.)
Was that very hard? (Wait for their response.) No, not at all. Because you were paying close attention on me and focusing on what you were trying to do. In Hebrews 12:2 it says that we should keep our eyes on Jesus. When we keep our eyes on Jesus we can walk our path in life, just like our volunteer walked along this balance beam pretty easily.
However, some people don’t want to look at Christ. They look at other things in the world. They look at jobs, school, relationships, money, and all kinds of other things. It isn’t that these things are necessarily bad but they are not the things that we should be focusing on.
We are now going to have our volunteer try to walk across the balance beam again. The big difference is that this time they will not be allowed to look at me they will have to look at everyone else. (Encourage everyone else to cheer or make noise, and tell your volunteer that they can only look out at the audience.)
(Have them walk across the board, this time they should fall off pretty quickly.)
That wasn’t as easy was it? Why not? (Wait for a response.) Because our volunteer was distracted and was focusing on other things other than what he should be focusing on. He didn’t do very well with all the distractions.
When we go through life we need to keep our eyes on Jesus and not get distracted by looking at the things around us. When we keep our eyes on Him He will help us to walk the path that He wants us to.
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Proverbs 4:25, Isaiah 26:3, 2Corinthians 4:18
- Baseball bat
Have you every played baseball before? Playing baseball can be a lot of fun, but do you know what my favorite part is? Hitting the ball! When I was young I learned how to hit the ball. My dad taught me how to hold the bat with two hands and how to stand so I could get a good swing. Do you know what the most important part of hitting the ball is though? (Wait for responses.) Keeping your eye on the ball.
The first time you get ready to hit you might want to watch your bat to see if you are swinging it correctly. Then you might want to watch the pitcher to see when they throw the ball. But if you are watching those things are you going to be able to hit the ball? No! You have to keep your eyes focused on the ball and then you can swing at the right time and hit a homerun!
In Hebrews 12:2 it tells us that we need to keep our eyes on something too. Not a baseball! We need to keep our eyes on Jesus so we can know where He is leading and guiding us. We need to focus on him and not on everything around us that tries to distract us.
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