The $100 Dollar Bill Lesson  

We are valuable because God loves us

Objects needed: A straight, clean, crisp dollar bill or a $100 dollar bill (it has more of an affect with the class). Take the dollar and show it to the class. Ask if anyone knows what it is (of course they're all going to have an answer). Then ask how much is it worth? What can I buy with it? (You will get many different answers. One of my kids said a bicycle [I used a $100], so I went with that idea. You can choose something from their answers to use.) 

Ok, so I'm going to buy a bike with my 100 dollars. (Crumble up the money. Make it really wrinkled.) Then ask, "Will you still except my money now that it's all wrinkled? Well yes."

"Hmm," (put three small tears around the money.) Ask, "Will I still be able to buy my bike with this?" Yes, I will, (as you drop the money on the floor and squish it) say, "This money has been crumpled up, stepped on, torn and ripped, but its value remains the same. This is the same with God. No matter how torn, ripped or stepped on you are, you are still just as valuable and as precious in his eyes.'"

Scripture references:
"The Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart'" 1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV).

He made all people special and different in many ways. As the Lord loves and cares for his children, those who are saved, we should see the value in all people. We should love as he does. We should care about and pray for and see the beauty in every person. We need to remember God is the one who created us and made us the way we are.

"Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments" Psalm 119:73 (NKJV).

We should not judge others, but love them. How many of you know someone at school that you know doesn't have many friends or maybe they don't have any? Have you ever seen another child in your class at recess who goes and plays alone? Next time you see that child, say hi or go play with him or her. You could find out his or her name and invite him or her to church. He or she is valuable too. 

We are valuable because God loves us!

Copyright 2005 Candace Deaderick

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