Friday, June 27, 2014

Online Sunday School Lessons - The Eye is the Lamp of the Body

Another great idea to add to your online Sunday School lessons! Teach children how to focus on good and worthwhile things.

Needed: Bibles, a flashlight, gift boxes, (optional: picture or poster of a poor person or family), drawing paper, crayons or markers

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Set the gift boxes on one side of the room and the picture of the poor family on the other side, preferably up on an easel or hung on the wall or some other sort of raised position to make it easily visible. If you choose not to use a picture, you’ll have to describe what the children should be imagining on that side of the room.

Turn your flashlight on and shine it at the gift boxes. Ask the students, “What is my flashlight pointing at? Right, some gift boxes. Let’s pretend that those gift boxes have all the toys and clothes and games and everything that we want inside of them. Right now, our light is shining on those things because those are the things that we’re thinking about.

“But now let’s turn our light over here. (point at the picture of the poor family) Now what is our light shining on? Yeah, it’s someone who is in need, isn’t it? They don’t have very much money. Maybe they’re hungry or they don’t have a nice place to live.

“Let’s look back at our gift boxes. (point the flashlight at the boxes) Let me ask you something. If we’re looking over here at all the things that we want, can we see that poor family over there? No, we can’t.

“That’s why Jesus said that we shouldn’t be looking too much at the things that we want. If we’re only thinking about what we want, then we can’t see what other people need. Jesus said, ‘The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are [generous], your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are [greedy], your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!’ (Matthew 6:22-23).

“So if our eyes are only looking at what we want and we’re being greedy, Jesus says that we’re full of darkness. But if our eyes are looking at other people and thinking about how we can help meet their needs, then Jesus says we will be full of light and God will be happy with us. So let’s turn away from looking at the things we want (turn your light from the boxes) and think about how we can help others (turn your light to the picture).

“Have you ever helped someone else? What did you do? How did it make you feel?

“Let’s all draw a picture of something we can do this week to help someone who is in need.” (Pass out paper, crayons or markers. When the students have finished, encourage them to tell about their pictures.)

Optional: If possible, take a field trip to let students see and participate in helping people who are in need.

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