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Growing in Grace

Rope secured with a rubber band

Application:

As Christians but we cannot stay small, but we need to grow and mature in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Materials You Need:

Soft cord or string about 1,5 metres long.
A small rubber band.

Effect:

A short piece of cord is taken from your pocket and shown casually to the audience.  It is then visibly "stretched" to several times its original length.

Performing the Effect:

  1. Wind the cord carefully into a bundle smaller than the width of your hand and so that will easily unwind when you pull an end from one side.
  2. Leave about 200 mm of cord free on both sides and secure the bundle with a rubber band and place it in your pocket.
  3. Reach into your pocket and grasp the cord making sure that it is completely concealed in the palm of your right-hand before removing it from your pocket and show it to the audience.
  4. If your motions are natural and casual, and you avoid looking at your hand at any time, they will not suspect there is a bundle of cord in your hand.
  5. Take one end of the cord and at the right moment slowly stretch the cord to it's full length.
  6. The rubber band remains on the cord and is removed by sliding your right hand along the cord and allowing the rubber band to drop off onto the table.
  7. When you have completed the effect, you can throw the cord to your audience so that they can examine it.

Text:

2 Peter 3:18.

 

Lesson:

You are growing every day and will one day become an adult, but you also need to grow spiritually into mature Christians.  Jesus does not want us to remain spiritual babies all our lives.  Paul spoke about people who were mere infants in Christ.  He had fed them with spiritual milk from God's Word to help them to grow.  But, they were not yet ready for it, as they were always jealous and quarreling with each other (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).

Paul is saying that perhaps one person felt they had better clothes than anybody else.  Or one had just a donkey and while another had a very posh house.  As a result they were jealous of each other and this resulted in quarrels amongst the Corinthian Christians.  To avoid being like this, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus, and not on what other people have got, or how well they dress, or how well they do at school.

Spiritual Babies:

Peter tells us to be like newborn babies and crave pure spiritual milk.   If we do this we will grow up in our Salvation (1 Peter 2:2-3).  It does not matter how old you are in life.  What is important is that you develop your relationship with Jesus, your Best Friend.  We grow spiritually by seeking Jesus with all our heart, by reading the Bible and doing what it says.  As we pray, Jesus reminds us of things that we need to get rid of, such as lying, jealousy, swearing and hatred.

This rope represents the life of one who has recently accepted Christ as his Lord and Saviour, and is a young baby in Christ.  (Display the ends of the cord sticking out from your hand).  In 2 Peter 3:18 we are told to:

"Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."

Growing Up:

We cannot remain baby Christians, as we need learn to know our Lord and Saviour better each day.  Are you daily reading your Bible and thinking about what you have read?  Are you praying and seeking God's will for your life?  Is your goal to please Jesus in everything you do?

If you do these things then you will grow in your spiritual life, just as this piece of rope keeps getting longer and longer (Pull one end of the cord carefully and "stretch" it out fully).

God bless!
 

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