Pleasing Jesus in our daily lives.
Drill Press and set of drills.
For each child:
Thirteen or more nails at least 100 mm long.
Block of wood 120 mm square and 25 mm thick.
Drill a 10-mm deep hole in the middle of each block with a diameter so
that a nail just slides into the hole. Place one of the nails
in the drilled hole. Distribute a prepared block and 12 nails
to each child.
Grades 3 - 12 (9 to 18 years).
2 Timothy 1:12b, "I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that
He is able to keep what which I have entrusted to Him for that day."
I have a block of wood with a nail in it for each child. We are
going to have a contest to see who can balance twelve other nails
against the standing nail. Who would like to try it?
Have two or three children attempt this in a given time period and
then award a small prize to the one who balances the most nails.
Can We Please God?
It's difficult to balance nails as they are thin and round.
It's also difficult for us to please God by trying to be good.
We try not to lose our temper, and then find ourselves shouting at
someone. We try to be nice, and then find ourselves saying
something nasty. No matter how hard we try we will eventually
fail to do things that please God.
Paul found that although he planned to do good, he found himself
doing something that he knew he shouldn't do. He went on to
say that the only way he could do right things, was with the power
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Planning to do Good:
The Bible teaches us that our lives must be built on Jesus. The
only hope of us getting to Heaven is "Christ in us". That
means we need Jesus working in our lives and changing us daily into
a person that pleases God.
Our God is a Great, Big, Wonderful God and is well able to change
and mould our lives. All we need to know is that Jesus lives
in our hearts and that He has forgiven our sins and washed us
clean with His blood. We can then ask Jesus each day to keep
us from doing wrong things and make us into Christians that will
I need to trust Jesus that He will do that for me! What about
you? Are you willing to ask Jesus to change your life and make
it into one that will please God?
I challenge you to ask Jesus to change your life and then see Jesus
working in you!