God does not want us to go off pop as Christians. He wants to plant the
"Joy of the Lord" deep in our hearts. And then even when we go through
hard trials, this gives us strength and the assurance that God is with us.
Materials You Need:
Green dish washing liquid.
Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate).
Clear vinegar in a glass bottle.
A tall glass drinking glass.
A film or medicine capsule with a plastic lid.
An aluminium baking dish.
A dish cloth for spills.
- Place a teaspoonful of Baking Soda in the film capsule.
- Add a teaspoonful of vinegar and quickly close the lid and wait for the
lid to fly off with a bang!
- Place the tall glass in the centre of the aluminium baking dish to
collect excess foam.
- Add a dessert spoonful each of Baking Soda and dish washing liquid to
the tall glass.
- The Baking Soda represents Jesus in our lives, the dish washing liquid
represents us growing as Christians, and the bottle of vinegar represents
the Holy Spirit.
- Pour the vinegar into the tall glass and see how the Holy Spirit will
fill our lives to overflowing with power and joy!
As Christians, we can blow up like a volcano and fizzle out, or we can bubble
over with the joy of the Holy Spirit that Jesus brings to our lives.
1 Peter 1:8.
Going Off Pop!
The modern thing is to pump iron, get a super body and develop masses of
muscles! Some Christians are like this and pump spiritual iron.
The problem is that often their experience is shallow and they give up when
difficult times come their way, and then they blow out like leaky tires.
They are just like this film canister. (Use a prepared capsule with a
teaspoonful of Baking Soda in it). It will go off pop when I add
some acid to it. (Add a teaspoonful of Vinegar and quickly close
the lid and wait for the bang). People like this just make a loud
bang and then it's all over.
God doesn't wants us to be like this. He wants us to have a firm
foundation on which Jesus can build us into solid Christians. He wants
us to have a life that is full of power. One that can stand when hard
times come, and one that trusts Jesus all our lives.
Growing in Jesus:
This glass represents our lives. I am going to clean it with a dish cloth.
(Wipe the tall glass out with a dish cloth
). It looks
clean, but I have a problem. No matter how hard I try, I can never make
my life be good enough for God. God said that all our goodness is like
filthy rags in His sight. We can't do anything that would earn us a
place in Heaven and eternal life.
What I need to do is to bow my head and pray. I need to ask Jesus to
forgive me for all the bad things that I have done and to make me clean
inside. Now my heart is clean and ready to receive Jesus. My
glass is also ready to receive Jesus as my Saviour, so I'll place it into
this baking dish. (Place the glass in an aluminium dish).
Now let's add some clean white powder into it. (Add a dessert
spoonful of Baking Soda to glass). This represents Jesus coming to
live in our hearts, taking all the sin out of our lives and making us into
Now I'm going to add some green liquid to the glass. (Add a dessert
spoonful of green dish washing liquid). This represents us starting
to grow as Christians. We grow by praying and reading the Bible, by
going to Children's Church or Sunday School to learn more about Jesus and by
making Christian friends who can encourage and help us, especially when we
Filled with the Holy Spirit:
Jesus said in John 4:10 that we should ask Him to give us Living Water.
He said in verse 14 that whoever drinks this water will never thirst.
This water is the Holy Spirit that fill our lives, changing us into the kind
of person that Jesus wants us to be. (Hold up the bottle containing
about 100 ml of clear Vinegar
The Holy Spirit also produces joy, peace and love which will bubble out of us
to bless those round about us. Let me pour this "water" into the glass
and see what happens. (Add the Vinegar to the glass).
Look, it's bubbling up and now it's overflowing. This is just like the
Holy Spirit filling our lives to overflowing with power and joy!
Joy in the Lord:
The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 1:8 that even though we have not seen Jesus:
"You love Him and even though you do not see Him now,
you believe in Him,
and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy."
God plants this joy deep in our hearts and it lasts as it is the "Joy of the
Lord" and not our own. Even when we go through hard trials, it gives us
the assurance that God is with us and knows just how to meet our every
Do you want to be a strong Christian? Then ask God to fill you with His
Holy Spirit and with power, so that you will not only grow, but you will be
able to serve God in the way that He wants you to. Ask God to fill you
The fizz is produced by Baking Soda and Vinegar reacting to produce Carbon
Dioxide gas. The pressure of this gas pops the lid off the film
capsule. The gas volume of gas trapped in the green foam is greater
than the volume of the glass, so some it spills over.