Object lessons can be a great tool to connect the Gospel to kids. At CentriKid, giving kids concrete examples that help them see the glory of God in a more powerful way is something that we are always striving to do. This can also be a great tool to utilize in your children’s ministry!
Showing kids the power of God in our lives can sometimes be tough because it is not always tangible. When we follow Christ, we are filled with His power and become part of His plan. Sometimes it can look like people are following Christ, they go to church, they are nice to people, and sometimes they even have really good prayers. So what is the difference between someone who is following God and someone who is just a good person?
Get 2 identical balloons and fill one of them with helium and the other with regular air. Hold them in a way that no one can tell a difference between the balloons. Have the kids describe the 2 balloons. What color are they? Are they the same size? They look the same on the outside!
What happens when something happens and life gets a little crazy? When you release the balloons, one of them will float to the ceiling but the other will fall to the ground. Even though they both looked the same on the outside, the 2 balloons reacted to change very differently. It is the same for people who are walking with Christ versus those who aren’t. Life can look great, but as soon as the something happens that is out of our control, that is when you see a difference. When we are filled with the joy of the Lord, we know that He is always taking care of us. No matter what happens, there is nothing that can take us out of God’s hand and because of that, we are able to rise above any problem that comes up. When someone does not have that relationship with God, they do not have the hope that He gives through His grace and mercy. God has the power to pull us out of any situation and it is never too late to start following Him. When we are filled with His power, we can always know that God is in control.
Romans 8:38-39 is one of my favorite verses because it tells us that there is NOTHING than can take us out of our Father’s hand. When life seems hard, I can have hope to rise above the situation because I know that God is always in control.