God's second commandment warns us against putting idols before
God. This object lesson will help your kids evaluate what idols
exist in their lives.
*Plastic pitcher or bucket (be sure the container holds as many
cups of water as there are children in the class)
*For each child (cup, rock, red permanent marker)
Preparation: Pour a cup of water for each
Hand each child a rock and a marker. Ask the children to think
about what takes up a lot of their time, attention, and money-for
example, TV, video or computer games, soccer practice, or playing
with friends. Have the children write or draw those things on their
rocks. Use a red permanent marker to draw several large hearts on
the pitcher, and place the pitcher on the tray. Hand each child a
cup of water.
Say: This pitcher is like an empty heart. Let's
fill this heart with God. When it's your turn, pour water into the
pitcher and say, "God deserves first place in my heart because..."
Then tell us something about who God is. For example, as I pour my
water in, I'll say, "God deserves first place in my heart because
he is my creator."
Let each child have a turn until the pitcher is nearly full.
Check out the following passages for more of God's qualities: Psalm
104:24 and Proverbs 3:19.
Say: Our hearts are full of the goodness of
God, but sometimes other things try to crowd into our hearts. Each
of you may now tell us what's drawn on your rocks and then place
your rock into the water.
As the children add their rocks, the water will over-flow. When
they have finished, ask:
- What happened to the water? Why?
- How is this like what happens in our own hearts with God?
- How can we keep our hearts full of God so he has first
Say: God's second commandment is "You shall not
make any idols." Sometimes things we love become like idols,
crowding God out. But God wants and deserves first place in your