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Renewing Your Mind

renewing your mind

Key Verse

Romans 12:1-2

Additional Verses

2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 4:22-24

Materials Needed

  • Glass
  • Container of milk (or juice, soda, or whatever as long as it is obviously different from water.)
  • Tall pitcher of water.
  • Pan or tray to catch the overflow

Preparation

You will want to test out this object lesson to make sure that you have enough water to fully displace the milk in the glass.

Object Lesson

In Romans 12:1-2 it tells us that we shouldn’t be the same as the world and that we should let God change the way that we think. Many people talk about being “street wise” or “worldly-wise” and that means that you think the way that the world thinks. However, God wants us to think the way that He thinks. He wants you to be renewing your mind.

(Show the glass and place it in the pan.)

This glass is going to represent your mind. The things that you think about. (Fill the glass full of milk.) Now it is full of all kinds of bad thoughts. Things of the world. Basically thinking in a way that does not please God. If you have thoughts about lying, or cheating or doing something wrong those a thoughts that don’t please God.

God wants us to change the way that we think. Everyone look really hard at this glass and let’s make it change into something else just by looking at it. Ready? Go!

(Stare very intently at the milk.)

Nothing happened! How can we change what is in the glass? How do we change the way that we think? By filling it up with something else.

(Show the pitcher full of water.)

This pitcher of water will represent God’s Word, the Bible. (Slowly start pouring the water into the glass of milk, letting it overflow into the pan.) Instead of letting our thoughts be filled with things of the world we should let it get filled with God’s Word. It is so easy to let the world’s thinking slip in. We are exposed to it on TV, movies, music, magazines, the Internet and many other ways. We need to fill our lives with God’s Word.

(The milk should be overflowing, and now it should be noticeably diluted.)

Do you see what is happening? The water is replacing the milk. The same way that when we pour God’s Word into our lives it begins to change the way that we think by replacing those worldly thoughts. (Continue to pour the water.)

The more we let God’s Word into our life the more it will clean us and help us to think the way that God wants us to. Sometimes more bad thinking gets added back in and that is why we need to study God’s Word on a daily basis.

(The glass should be mostly clear.)

Let us read and study God’s Word and let it transform the way that we think.

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