Play a little game to see if your kids can pick out the change each one makes in their appearance. Ask each person to find a partner and look carefully at one another. Then have them turn their back and make a simple change. (It can be as simple as putting a strand of hair behind their ear or rolling up a sleeve.) When they turn around, see if their partner can tell what has been changed. Pick new partners and play a few more rounds.
Was it hard or easy to see the change?
Could someone tell by your behavior that you are a follower of Christ?
The Holy Spirit is the author of the Bible and He can use that to help you know the right way to live. Every time you say no to your own selfish way and yes to the Holy Spirit, you change.
Do a simple experiment to show change. Gather some white carnations (one per child) or celery (also works), a glass half-filled with water for each carnation, food coloring (red, blue, and green) and a knife.
- Fill each glass about half way up with water.
- Add food coloring to each glass, about 10-20 drops to make a vibrant color. (More is better!)
- Cut each stem at an angle and place it in the glass.
- Check the carnations every few hours to see if anything is happening. (You might see some results in as little as two or three hours, but it may take up to a day to see full results.)
What made the change in the color of the flower? (The food coloring we put into the water.) Something was added to the water to make a change.
How can we change? In order for us to change and do the right things, we need God’s help. When the Holy Spirit comes to live inside us, He will change us. It’s a slow process, but as we obey Him and His words in the Bible, we will be become more like Jesus.
When you’re eating dinner, think of and talk about the changes in food/drink. Ask, What food changes when it is cooked or frozen? For example, spaghetti or macaroni noodles are hard (and inedible), but when cooked, they become soft and yummy! (Other ideas: water to ice, koolaid to popsicles, most vegetables become soft when cooked; etc.)
Read Galatians 5:22-23. The Holy Spirit will change us. We will still look the same on the outside, but He changes us on the inside to be more loving, peaceful, joyful, gentle, humble, and self-controlled. Ask for His help every day.
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