Real or a toy Stethoscope.
White laboratory coat.
A large bottle filled with sugar water.
Colour the suger water with green food colour.
Label the bottle, "Medicine - Take Daily".
Large serving spoon.
A tray to hold the "Medicine" and spoon.
A white mug (make it dirty with mud on the inside).
Bucket of water.
Dish cloth to dry the mug.
Grades 1 - 6 (7 to 12 years).
Today I'm your doctor and I have my stethoscope with me. Someone
told me that there are some bad hearts in our class and I need to check
them! Now, who thinks that they might have a bad heart?
None of you? Are you sure?
I think I had better line you up and check your hearts! (Line up the
children and pretend to listen to their hearts). Well, I'm not
a doctor, and only they know what to listen for. You might look
very healthy on the outside, but have something wrong on the inside!
An unusual sound in the stethoscope could tell the doctor that
something is wrong with your heart.
If you had a bad heart the Doctor would want to operate on you to repair
it. In some cases, you could even need a new heart and want a
Take the Medicine!
I think that we all have bad hearts and so those that want a clean heart can
line up for this medicine I have here (Produce the tray with the green
"medicine" and offer a large serving spoonful to the children
You need a lot to help your bad heart!
Well, not many of you wanted my medicine. Perhaps your hearts are like
this mug. It looks clean on the outside, but look how dirty it is on
the inside! I need to wash it with soap and water before we can drink
out of it! (Wash the mug with soap in the bucket).
That's looks better. Do you think we can do the same with our hearts?
You could swallow some of this soap and maybe it will get down into
your heart and wash it clean! You say that's impossible? You
are right, only God can cleanse our hearts!
Did you know that God is also in the business of checking hearts?
When King Saul was rejected by God, God told Samuel the Priest to anoint
one of Jesse's sons as king over Israel. Samuel inspected the sons
and was very impressed with Eliab. Samuel thought, "Surely this is
the Lord's anointed."
I'm sure we would have looked at Jesse's sons and chosen big, strong Eliab,
over little David, the shepherd boy! Eliab looked great on the
outside and you might have thought that everything was good in his life.
But he was not God's choice and in 1 Samuel 16:7, God said:
"Man looks at the outward appearances, but God looks at the heart."
God isn't worried about how we look on the outside, He's concerned with
what's in our hearts and is looking for sins like jealousy, hatred,
bitterness, pride, selfishness and greed. If God finds any of
these He knows that our heart isn't right.
When we know that we have heart problems, we need to do what David did.
In Psalm 51:10, he said:
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."
A Clean Heart:
Do you have some things in your heart that shouldn't be there? If
there are, then say this prayer with me and let's ask God to make our
hearts clean and pure.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We know that you can see what is in our hearts
and there are some things that shouldn't be there. Please forgive
us for all sins of jealousy, hatred, bitterness, pride, selfishness and
greed in our lives. Create in us a clean heart and help us to
live in a way that will please You in all we say, think and do.
We ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen.