Can You See the Change?
Play a little game to see if kids can pick out the change each one made in their appearance. Ask each person to find a partner and look carefully at one another. Then have them turn their back and make a simple change. (It can be as simple as putting a strand of hair behind their ear or rolling up a sleeve.) When they turn around, see if their partner can tell what has been changed.
Pick new partners and play a few more rounds.
Was it hard or easy to see the change?
Paul told the Corinthians that followers of Christ should look differently (not physically) than they used to. Before they became a part of God’s family, they did many wrong things. Lying, stealing, coveting, worshipping idols, and more should not be part of their new life in Christ. Old things are passed away and there should be a change (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Could someone tell by your behavior that you are a follower of Christ?
Something Is Needed
Do a simple experiment to show change.
Items needed: White carnations (one per child), a glass half-filled with water for each carnation, food coloring (red, blue, and green), and a knife (you’ll need an adult for this)
1. Fill each glass about half way up with water.
2. Add food coloring to each glass, about 10-20 drops to make a vibrant color. (More is better!)
3. Cut the stem of each flower at an angle and place it in the glass.
4. Check the carnations every few hours to see if anything is happening. (You might see some results in as little as two or three hours, but it may take up to a day to see full results.)
*This also works with celery, if flowers are not available.
What made the change in the color of the flower? (The food coloring we put into the water)
Something was added to the water to make a change.
How can we change? In order for us to change and do the right things, we need God’s help. When the Holy Spirit comes to live inside us, He will begin to change us. It’s a slow process, but as we obey Him and His words in the Bible, we will be different.
We Need God’s Help
Write out the prayer in Psalm 19:14 on a piece of construction paper and post it on the fridge. Say the verse together every morning at breakfast. We need God’s help to change us. May all our thoughts and all our words be acceptable to Him.