All Wrapped In a Package
Big Idea: People look on the outside, but God looks inside the heart.
Bible Verse: 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV) …The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
Materials: Wrapped gift (use bow and ribbon)
Message: Isn’t this a beautiful package? Take a look at the ribbons – so nice and shiny. Look at this large bow – it is beautiful! I love this color – red. It is one of my favorite colors. Maybe you have a favorite color which you like best. I wonder what is inside this package. It must be something big, because of the size of this package. Hmmmm…it does not seem very heavy. I wonder what is inside. Would anyone like to take a guess? (Allow a few guesses) Maybe someone who has a birthday in December could tell me what they think. It is wrapped so nicely that there must be something really costly in here. How many think we should open this package? Ok – let’s do it! (Opens package) This is sure a big box…ok here goes. There is s smaller box inside this big box. This really must be something really cool! Now let’s open this little box. Yuck! Something smells. Can you smell that? Put your hand inside the box – yuck! This is discusting (pulls out a black banana). Now why would anyone give away a rotten, black, stinky banana?
This reminds me of the gift that God has given to us – Jesus Christ, his only Son. He came to this earth to die for the sins of the whole world, and many have rejected him. Many have given him the worst part of their lives – nothing at all. How sad! This makes God so sad – that so many have rejected his Son whom He loves so much. Would that make you feel sad, too? God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes on Him will not die, but have eternal life. (John 3:16).
What are you going to do with this gift from God? What are you going to do with Jesus? If we live our lives and do what we want, forgetting his beautiful gift of Salvation, we are lost. We can look pretty on the outside, and have a heart full of sin (lies, stealing, and unkindness) on the inside. God wants to make us happy and clean inside. He wants to forgive us from our sins and help us live for him. If you have not asked Jesus to come into your heart you can do that right now.
A – Ask Jesus to forgive you for all your sins and to come into your heart.
B – Believe on Jesus that He will do what he said her would do – forgive you.
C - Claim His promise of Salvation and now tell someone what Jesus has done.
Be sure to take the time to thank Jesus for His gift of Salvation. Remember, just like we thank someone who would give us a beautify wrapped gift, Jesus needs to hear that as well. He loves YOU – always!
1. What gift has Jesus given to all of us?
2. How can we have Salvation?
3. What is something we can do if we belong to Jesus?
4. What is a bible verse that can help us tell others about Jesus?
5. Why should we read our bible and pray every day?
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