Bible Talk: When life HEATS UP God is up to something GOOD

I use object lessons at The Lord's Locker to present to our adult guests. I have about 15-20 minutes for devotion time. I wrote this object lesson, based on popcorn, to demonstrate the concept that when life HEATS UP, God is up to something GOOD I used the following two Bible verses to make my point: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" Romans 8:28, and the concept of an aroma, which is linked to the truth of 2 Corinthians 2:15,"For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing." 

Before mentioning the popcorn, expound a bit on Romans 8:28. Give examples of bad things working out to something good. Use examples of your own life or that of other friends or family members, or better yet, have the class participate.

Put the bag of popcorn in the microwave and start the 2 minute or so process of popping the corn. POPCORN is considered a classic snack. Just hearing it POP in the microwave brings on anticipation of something good, an excellent example from God's Word.

Show a handful of UNPOPPED POPCORN.

Say, "Did you know that popcorn makes the perfect tool to teach us a lesson from the Bible? Would any of you like to chew on a handful of POPCORN before its popped? Of course not! We know if we 'put the heat' to the POPCORN we can be sure we will have something delicious in no time! We are a lot like this tiny little piece of dried corn. GOD knows that inside of each of us there is the potential to become something much better. But to reach that BETTER potential there is a process to bring it about. God works on us much like POPCORN. HE will 'turn up the heat' in our lives. Situations POP up with which we are uncomfortable, and unfortunately things just POP up, one thing after another. POP! POP! POP! 
BUT, don't we learn from the situations that unexpectedly POPPED up? We SHOULD! We need to LOOK for GOD in all the things that happen in our lives. HE is most likely teaching us to trust in him, to become a better person. We can give GOD the glory for teaching us through difficult times that POP up! 

MMM . . . our POPCORN is done now! Doesn't it smell wonderful? Most likely someone wants a taste. Don't you LOVE how POPPING just one bag of POPCORN has filled the entire room with its aroma? This is just another reminder of TRUTH from GOD. Did you know that GOD wants us to be the aroma of Christ! It even says in HIS WORD, "For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing" 2 Corinthians 2:15.

We are a blessing to GOD when those around us NOTICE that JESUS is working in our lives! When YOU have learned BIG lessons from GOD, you should glorify HIM, call attention to what you have learned and others will be drawn to you because of your testimony!

If you don't think you can make a difference to someone by sharing what Christ has taught you, how he has worked in your life, then THINK about the bag of POPCORN. We didn't notice it when we entered the room. But, it didn't take long for us to hear the presence of it (pop-pop-pop!) and then the aroma of it FILLED the room and drew our hearts and minds to the THOUGHT of POPCORN! 

WE can be that very way for JESUS! Many of you are drawn to TASTE this POPCORN. Likewise, iF you share about JESUS, others will also be drawn to HIM! So don't be upset when GOD 'turns up the heat' - something good is about to happen, if we wait and endure 'the heat' for a little while.

Romans 8:28 promises, 'All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.'"

NOTE: This is a good object lesson for adults and children. Your group might enjoy listening for the words, POP, POPPED, POPCORN and clapping their hands one time for each time they hear the word. (And of course, eating the Popcorn!) You could also ask them to take a accentuated big breath and let out a soft sigh whenever they hear the word AROMA. 

Copyright 2015 Emmalea Butler

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