Activity/Discussion for 5th and 6th grade Awana or Sunday school. Have a contest. Have the kids make a crown using the play-doh. See which one is the best. Hand out first, second, third, fourth, and fifth place. Then talk about how as long as we are true Christ-Followers who honor the Lord, the kids are all winners in God’s eyes. Ask the kids what they can do to serve the Lord. What could they do that would make God say, “Well done my good and faithful servant. Welcome home.” Close in a time of prayer. Thank the Lord that He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. Pray to the Lord to help them to keep their eyes focused on Him so they will win the eternal prize in heaven. Emphasize that It’s not where you start with your trials that matters but where you finish. God is always interested in bringing us closer to Him.
Jessica wasn’t able to come to my house on Monday so she came last night so I wouldn’t miss an entire week of practice and my muscles wouldn’t forget how to do the hand movements. I did okay but it took me a few times to get the shapes formed the right way because it was nighttime and my body was tired. I function better during the day. After the third time, I finally got the ball formed the right way and I remembered to put the rolling pin in the middle so I could focus better on getting the right height for the vase. I did well with wrapping my fingers around the play-doh and squeezing it at the bottom so I could get the right height. The problem came when I was trying to form an hourglass shape to get the right height for the finishing touches. Jessica had to help me with that part. Just when I think I have it down pat, there’s always something else to work on. The same is true with your Christian walk. Just when you think you would do well in a certain situation, God puts a trial in your life to test your character and see what you know about Him. Will you put your faith in God’s goodness into practice, or will all those verses just be head knowledge? In what areas of your life do you need to grow? Always remember until the day you get to heaven, your eternal crown doesn’t have the finishing touches. As Christians, here on earth, we’re always in training. Lord, help me to make the most of my trials so I can be a light that shines for you. Help me to use them as times to really learn about you. Help me to remember there’s a great reward for those who finish the race well. I can’t wait to hear you say, “Well done my good and faithful servant. Welcome home.”
1 Corinthians 9: 24-25: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”