Obedience Can Be Hard
Decide what things are hard/easy. Read some of the actions below (or make up some of your own) and ask the kids to decide whether it is hard or easy to do. Ask them to move to one side of the room if they think it is easy or to the other side if it is hard. (This is one way to get exercise in the cold, winter months!)
– Celebrate your birthday
– Stay up late
– Clean your room
– Do word problems in math
– Play video games
– Wash the dishes
– Obey your parents
– Be kind to others
– Eat broccoli
– Give to others
– Eat ice cream for dinner
It is not always easy to do the right thing. In fact, it may be hard to obey your parents or be kind to others, but it is still right to do it.
Read Ephesians 6:1.
What does this verse tell us to do? (Obey our parents.)
The right thing to do is to obey, even when you don’t feel like it! God is pleased when you obey.
Teach your kids that obedience brings reward and disobedience brings consequences.
Give each child a specific task to do by a certain time. (No reminding, nagging, etc.) At the set time, reward the ones who obeyed (with a trip to the park or to get ice cream or to do whatever your kids would enjoy). Don’t cave in if some chose not to obey. That is the whole point! (Moms especially have a hard time letting little “snookums” suffer the consequences of his actions.)
What was the consequence of your action? (A reward for obeying and a disappointing consequence for disobedience)
Two men in our Bible lesson made a choice – one to obey and one to disobey.
What was the consequence when Naaman obeyed Elisha’s command to dip in the river seven times? (He was healed of his leprosy)
What was the consequence of Gehazi’s action (Elisha’s servant) when he lied and took the items from Naaman? (He was punished with leprosy)
There may not always be an immediate consequence for our actions (as in this case), but it will come. Obedience brings reward and disobedience brings punishment – maybe not today or tomorrow, but it will come. God sees and will reward our obedience and punish our disobedience.
Do a simple experiment to learn about the law of gravity.
– Jar with a wide mouth or neck
– Small rubber ball
– Flat surface
First, place the ball on the table, and put the jar over it, mouth down. Next, keep the jar against the table and spin it in a circular motion. Lift the jar once you begin to see the ball spin inside of it. You will see that the ball will come off the table and continue spinning in the jar. Once it loses speed, it will stop spinning and fall out.
Why does the ball always drop to the table? The ball is trying to escape the confines of the jar, but the jar keeps it inside as it spins. Once it loses speed and stops spinning, gravity will always pull the ball back down from the jar.
What is the law of gravity? (Simply put: gravity is an invisible force that causes objects to move toward each other)
Even though we don’t understand everything about gravity, it is a law of nature that pulls us to the earth. (You wouldn’t want to go floating off into space, would you?!) Just as there are laws of nature and consequences that happen as a result of those laws, there are other laws in place.
Read Deuteronomy 28:1, 2, 15
What are the results of obedience and disobedience? (Obedience brings His blessing and disobedience brings punishment)
Choose to obey God’s laws!