Missing the Mark




Set Up:

Your target can be a standard bulls-eye target, or design your target to match your theme. When we played this game during V.B.S. our theme was Outer Space. I drew a large picture of the planet Jupiter. The giant 'Red Spot' was the bulls-eye. The children used paper spaceships as their objects to throw. (Have your players write down their ideas of 'good works' on a sheet of paper. For example, obeying your parents, being kind to others, etc. Then make a paper plane "spaceship" with it.)

How To Play:

Designate a throw line. Place the target about 15-20 feet away. (You do not want to make it possible for anyone to hit this target.) WHAT? You may be wondering. Tell the players that the target represents God. The spaceships represent our good works, the distance between the throw line and the target represents the sin that separates us from God. Let everyone take their turn, leaving their spaceships on the ground as you go. Then explain the following object lesson.

Object Lesson:

The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) The word 'sin' actually means 'to miss the mark of perfection'. None of us are able to obtain, or reach God's perfect holiness. We can not get to God by our good works. (Ephesians 2:8-10) Just as some of the players were able to get closer to the target than others did, some of us do more 'good things' while we live on Earth. But still, all those 'good things' never measure up to God's perfection. We still miss the mark! We still have sin in the way! The good news is that Jesus has made a way! He is our transportation to God! There is no fee, it is a FREE pass! For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23) During our closing program we played this game again. Only this time we had a few of the children bring their parents up to play, 'Missing The Mark'. We had a wonderful time!

Copyright 1997 S.A. Keith - For individual or classroom use only!
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