How do children grow? Couldn't you just eat sweets and chips all
day? I think that would be great! What do you think?
( Wait for children to respond
). You don't agree?
Well, what would you suggest? ( Let them suggest some ideas
You need to grow by taking care of your body by eating good food, caring
for your body and sleeping. These help make your bodies healthy,
build strong muscles and help you grow up to be an adult.
Growing Healthy Minds:
What about growing your mind and brains? Can't you just listen to
music and watch TV? ( Wait for children's response
Well, why not? I think it's a perfect idea! You
could just roll out of bed, switch on the TV, and then lie in front
of it all day long eating ice-cream and popcorn, and then roll back
into bed again! Isn't that the best way to grow brains?
( Wait for children's response
). Well, how does God want
you grow your mind and brains then? ( Let them give you some
Yes, you need to grow healthy minds and brains, by learning to read and
write, by studying all sorts of subjects at school, and practising
these things so that you can develop skills and gain experience.
You need to learn all these things so that you can live in our world
and have the knowledge to find a job when you grow up.
Caring for Your Soul:
We have seen how you can grow bodies and minds. But what about
your soul and spirit? These parts of us never die. Jesus
came to save our souls so that we can go to Heaven and live there
I have this "Little Tree" ( Show the folded tree ). It has
some roots. Why does a tree need roots? ( Wait for the
the children's response ). It also is growing in the sun.
Do you think it will grow well? ( Wait for their
Growing as Christians:
Let's see if our "Little Tree" will grow ( Pull the down the roots to
show more of the trunk
). Why, it's growing more and more
trunk! But, is this enough? ( Wait for their response
). No, it must grow some leaves so that it can make food
to feed the plant. Well, my tree is growing and making lots of
leaves ( Pull down the roots again to show the leaves, but not the
How can you grow as Christians? ( Wait for their response ).
1 Peter 2:2 says that we must grow like newborn babies by drinking
spiritual milk. We do this by keeping close to Jesus and by:
- Going to Children's Church to learn about Jesus.
- Worshipping, thanking and praising God.
- Reading your Bible and praying every day.
- Pleasing Jesus in all you do every day.
Growing Spiritual Fruit:
Something seems to be wrong with my tree. What do you think is
wrong? ( Wait for their response ). Oh, I see, my
tree needs some fruit! What kind of fruit does Jesus want you
to bear? ( Wait for their response ). That's right
we can bear fruit by being:
- Good, upright and truthful.
- Willing to help and obey parents and teachers.
- Loving, kind and caring for others.
- Doing what the Bible says.
We will bear much fruit for Jesus if we keep on loving and serving Him.
Well, my "Little Tree" needs to grow some more ( Pull down the
balance of the tree so the fruit is also displayed
now it is fully grown and what do we find? ( Wait for their
response ). Yes, there's a whole lot of fruit at the top of the
tree! It reminds us of what Luke 2:52 said about Jesus:
"Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man."
Are you growing like Jesus? I hope you growing in body, brain and
mind. But, are you growing in your soul and spirit as a Christian?
And are you bearing fruit that will please Jesus?
It's time to act now as Jesus is coming back again, and soon it may be too
late. Be like our tree and grow and grow. Pray to Jesus and
ask Him to help you grow as a Christian and bear much fruit!