Scripture: Luke 18:9-14
Materials: bubblegum for leader & each child (Itís best for leader to
chew a piece ahead of time to get it bubble-ready!)
Hi everybody! As you can see, Iím chewing bubblegum today, and thatís
because I want to show you something in a minute. We spend a lot of time
talking about how Jesus wants us to act, about doing good works, donít
we? Now who is it that gives us the ability to do those good works? Thatís right, Jesus does, by the power of His Holy Spirit.
Do you remember when we learned about the Gifts of the Spirit in Kingdom Kids? And we learned that when we ask Jesus to be our forever friend, He gives
us the power of His Holy Spirit, living in us, and that helps us to live
the way He wants us to Ė to do good things. Now does this mean that we
will always behave perfectly, and never make mistakes? Of course not -
we all make mistakes. And what did Jesus tell us to do when we do something wrong? Thatís right, He wants us to ask Him to forgive us and
help us to do better.
Now, Iím going to try to blow a bubble for you, but before I do, can you
tell me what it is that makes the bubble? Thatís right, my hot air does.
And what happens if I blow too much air into the bubble? Yes, It pops! Well, here goes. (Slowly blow bubble until it pops. A good brand, like
Bubble Yum, will not stick to your face, and you can peel it off.) You
know, we can be sort of like that bubble Ė we can get all puffed up with
pride in ourselves and brag about the good things we do, instead of giving Jesus credit for all He helps us to do. And when we do get all
puffed up with pride, our good works lose their value before God, and disappear, just like the bubble did, when it popped.
In todayís Bible passage, Jesus tells a story about two men. One, the
Pharisee, was a very religious man, but he was all puffed up with pride,
bragging about his good works. And just like that bubble that popped,
his good works had no value to Jesus. But the other man, a tax collector, was humble. He knew he had done some things that were wrong,
and he begged God to forgive him. Jesus said that he had the right idea.
He knew that we can only be good through Godís power, not through our own
power, and that He is the only one who can forgive us when we do something wrong.
Now Iím going to give each one of you a piece of bubblegum, and I want
you to wait until your parents say it is OK to chew it. When you do chew
it, I want you to remember the Pharisee and the tax collector Ė and that
Jesus wants us to be humble, not puffed up with pride.
Copyright 2001 Kit MacLeod
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