Children’s Sermon Isaiah 24:8 – Letting God Shape Our Lives
Bible Lesson teaches the importance of letting God shape our lives.
Materials: Play-dough enough for all children (Story Option 1); a lump of dried-out play-dough (Story Option 2)
Scripture: Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 29:11 (Story Option 1)/ Isaiah 64:8; Proverbs 28:14 (Story Option 2)
Memory Verse: Isaiah 64:8:
Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. (NIV)
Play-dough People – Letting God Shape Our Life: Say: Look at the nice soft play-dough in your hand. Is it easy to shape or difficult? (Allow time for kids to answer). What makes the play-dough so easy to shape?
Now, look at my batch of play-dough (bring out your dried-out lump of play-dough). How easy do you think this lump of play-dough would be to shape? (pass the lump around the group) Why?
Many times in the Bible, God is referred to as a “potter.” This means that He shapes and molds things – namely us. He created the whole universe, and he created each and every one of us.
We are the clay (or play-dough), and he is the potter.
God wants to change us from the sinful people we are into people who look and act like Jesus.
He uses our experiences to build us up and make us strong in our faith. The problem is we don’t always want to be “shaped.” Sometimes, we resist the things God wants us to do.
When we disobey or refuse to forgive or treat someone unkindly, we’re like this big dried-up lump of play-dough – unable to be shaped and molded by God.
There is a verse in Proverbs which talks about this. It says, “Blessed is the [person] who always fears the Lord, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.”
When we don’t allow God to change us and shape us, we’re hardening our heart toward him…and the Bible tells us that kind of attitude only ends in trouble.
So the next time you see or play with some play-dough, think about being a Play-Dough Person – someone who lets God shape and mold him/her.
Think about what you can do to make your heart soft and easily-shaped by God.
Making it Click:
Bring your kids back together after the story. Ask the kids the following questions to help emphasize and clarify the real meaning of the story.
- How is God like a potter? (He shapes and molds our hearts, souls, and minds).
- How are we like the play-dough? (Story 1: God can change and shape our hearts. Story 2: Sometimes our hearts are hard, and we can’t be shaped by God).
- Why does God want to shape and change us? (So that we can do his work; so that he can bless us; he has prepared things for us to do)
- What kinds of things could get in the way of God shaping us? (Bad attitude, unwillingness, doing naughty things, disobeying God).
Here is a sample prayer that ties in with the themes of the lesson. Feel free to pray your own way.
Lord, thank you for loving us so much that you want to shape and touch our hearts. Come into our lives and mold us. Change us into the people you want us to be. Let us be soft and ready to be shaped. Amen.