Needed: Oil, empty containers
Show the students a container of cooking oil and ask if they've ever seen something like it in their own homes. Then hand out the empty containers.
Read the Scripture (2 Kings 4:1-7) or summarize it with the following:
There was once a woman who owed a lot of money and didn't have any money to pay her bills, so she was going to have give up her two children as slaves.
If you had children, would you want to give them up as slaves to someone you didn't know? (No.) She didn't want to either. She loved her children. So she asked the prophet Elisha for help.
The prophet told the woman to go around and ask all her neighbors for empty containers (collect the containers from the children) and to pour her oil into them.
The woman only had a little bit of oil, but whenever she poured it into a container that someone had given her, the oil never ran out! God just kept giving her more oil. Then she sold the oil and had enough money to keep her children and pay all the money she owed.
So who helped the woman in that story? God helped the woman by giving her more oil, but her neighbors helped her by giving her the containers for the oil.
And that's how things usually work with God. God helps us, but He wants other people to help us too.
So let's remember to help God help other people, just like the woman's neighbor's helped her.
Let's pray about that.
Sample Prayer: Father God, we thank You for always helping us and for giving us people to help us too. Remind us to also help others every chance we get. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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