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Shining Dim?

The lead connected to a battery and lamp

Bible Text:

Matthew 5:14.

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 Effect:

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.

Age Group:

Grades 3 - 8 (9 to 14 years).

Theme:

Sin tangles up our lives and causes our light to grow dim.

Topic:

Sin.

 

Burned-out Lamps!

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.

Shining Brightly!

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."

Shining Dimly!

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).

Sins Tangles:

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!

God bless.
 

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