Materials You Need:
Several lead pencils of various lengths - sharpened at both ends.
Two penlight batteries and a battery holder.
Three crocodile clip leads.
A 2,5 volt light bulb and holder.
The above can be purchased at Electronic Spares stores.
The lamp and battery are connected together with crocodile leads. The
bulb will shine brightly, but if a pencil's lead is connected into the
circuit, the lamp will shine more dimly. This is because the pencil
lead causes resistance to the current flow.
Grades 3 - 8 (9 to 14 years).
Sin tangles up our lives and causes our light to grow dim.
Jesus spoke about lights shining in towns or in people's houses. He
also spoke about us shining for God by the way we live and by what we do
and say. In John 5:35, Jesus said:
"John was a lamp that burned and gave light,
And you chose for a time to
enjoy his light."
John shone for God until the day he was put to death. Everything he
said and did pleased the people and God. However, the Jews did not
believe his message, and nor did they believe the message that Jesus
preached to them.
Their light was out and their hard hearts prevented them from accepting that
Jesus was the Son of God.
I hope your lights are shining bright like my little lamp. I like
playing with batteries and lamps and this one shines brightly. (
Show how the lamp shines brightly when you connect it to the battery
). In Matthew 5:14, Jesus said:
"Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds
and praise your Father in Heaven."
However, if I connect this short pencil to the lamp, your will see that the
light starts to shine dimmer. (Connect the crocodile leads to the lead
at both ends of a short pencil and show how the lamp shines dimmer
This is what sins do to our Christian lives. The more we sin,
the less we shine, just like when I connect this long pencil to the lamp.
(Connect the crocodile leads to the lead at both ends of a long pencil
and demostrate how the lamp shines dimly
Sin is sin, even if you think it is only "little sin" and that can't hurt
can it? (Let the children respond
). But, just as these
pencils are all pencils, no matter how long or short they are, they all
cause the lamp to shine more dimly. And that's what sin does to
our shining for Jesus. We shine less and less and eventually our
lamp could go out!
Don't shine dim! Get rid of all your sin and be like John. Then
you will shine out brightly and please everyone, but most of all God!
(Remove the pencil and reconnect the bulb to the battery so that lamp
shines brightly again).
Sin tangles up our lives and causes our light to grow dim. Jesus wants
to free us so that everybody will see in us His love and our good deeds
again. So start shining again today!