The Importance of Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ in Our Lives
Scripture: Matthew 22:37-38 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment.
Song: I’ll Follow Christ
Items: Jar, Rocks, Pebbles, and Sand
Lesson: This jar represents our life. The rocks represent the important things to build and maintain a strong relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The pebbles represent our daily responsibilities. The sand represents the small stuff.
What are some of the things we must do to maintain a strong relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ? (add rocks to jar as the kids take turns naming things.) These are the things that strengthen our relationship and bring us closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
What are some of the daily responsibilities we have? (Add pebbles to jar.)
What are the small things that we fill our extra time with? (Add sand to jar.)
These are all the things that make up our life. But what if we remove Jesus from our lives? What happens?… There is a big empty space, a void in our lives. What happens when we feel like there’s a void in our life? We try to fill that void, don’t we? What happens when we fill that void with worldly things such as more work, activities, games, and other things besides Christ? We don’t leave any room for Christ, and we find that we still aren’t happy.
However, what happens when we fill our lives with Christ? Or Jar is still full. Even without the worldly things. However, God wants us to enjoy the blessings of this world. But he does not want us to put those things before Him. If we focus on maintaining a strong relationship with Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, then we still have room to enjoy the blessings we have been given on this earth. But if we put the worldly things first, then we are left with a void.