As you are driving, ask your kids,
Am I free to do whatever I want when I drive? (NO! You are free to do what is right, to obey the laws.)
What might happen if I broke the laws – drove on the other side of the road, ran a red light, went way too fast, etc? (I might have an accident; I might hurt others; etc.)
Are we, as Christians free to do whatever we want? (we are free to do what is right; we are not free to sin or hurt others; etc.)
God gives us His laws to protect us. Sin hurts us and hurts others. Following God’s laws is always the best idea.
Items Needed: backpack filled with books or weights or heavy objects
Run a race weighted down with heavy items to show that even though we have liberty to do certain things, it may not be wise. Mark a starting and an ending point. Load up each child with heavy weights and shout, “GO!”
Don’t forget to time them.
What made it harder to run the race? (carrying the extra weight)
Even though carrying heavy weights is permitted in a race, it doesn’t mean that it is a good idea. We are free to do certain things as Christ followers, but that doesn’t mean that it is wise to do them. Paul told the Corinthians that he would be willing to give up certain things so he could better follow Christ.
(If you like, run the race a second time WITHOUT the weights.)
Balloons and Scripture
Items Needed: a balloon for each pair
Review the Bible verse elementary students have been learning – Ephesians 3:20.
Invite kids to find a partner. Blow up and tie a balloon for each pair. Give each pair a balloon and have them bat the balloon back and forth as they say the next word of the verse. Change partners and do it again.
God is at work in us to help us do the right thing. He wants us to do what’s right even more than we want it.