Use the ingredients of a basic cake recipe to teach a Christian object lesson.
Main Point: God can even use even the bad times in our lives for good.
Objects: Ingredients for a cake & an already baked cake or cupcakes
Bible Verse: Romans 8:28 - "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His good purpose."
How many of you like to eat cake?
Why? (Possible answers may include: it's sweet, tastes good, etc.)
Do any of you know what things go into a cake? [Give time for them to guess.]
Then all these things must be good - right?
Would you ever consider eating the ingrediants of a cake separately?
A spoon of flour?
A raw egg?
A little oil? [Allow children to taste a little flour, oil or cocoa. Of course...not the raw egg; we sure don't want someone to possibly get sick!]
How did each taste? ...Yuk!
Of course there is the sugar too - yum! :) Let each taste a bit of sugar; it will help get the "yucky" taste out.
Show them the already baked cake or cupcakes.
Life can be a lot like a cake! . Separately there are some bitter times, some raw, hurtful times, and some dry, bland times.
Help them think of some "not-so-good" or tough times they have experienced or others may have experienced. Depending on the ages, it may be anything from a skinned knee to the loss of a loved one. Share something from your own life too. Remember your life is a wonderful living example for them!
But there are also the good times! Take a few minutes and have them think of some "good times" - birthday celebrations, new baby brother or sister, a vacation, a good meal, etc.
Some of the cake ingredients by themselves didn't taste very good, but when everything is mixed together we have a delicious cake to eat!
God is able to blend the good and the bad experiences in our lives together for our good. All together they create a life that is meaningful, useful, and tasty!
Romans 8:28 is a beautiful promise: "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His good purpose."
Depending on their ages, you can discuss more in detail how God has used some negative or tough times in your own life to bring about good.
The Bible is also full of some great examples!
Joseph - If he had not been sold into slavery, he may not have later been in the position where he could save his family from a famine.
Esther - "For such a time as this" God used Esther to save the Hebrew people from being killed.
No - all things are not good, but in God's hands they can be mixed and blended along with the good into a beautiful creation. It's during the bad times that we see how BIG our God is. He loves each of us and He is in control; we can trust Him!
[Now let them taste a piece of baked cake.]
Discuss how even though the ingredients do not taste good alone, they are all necessary for the cake to taste good in the end.
This Christian object lesson is a fun way to explain a difficult life lesson.
© Copyright 2008 Susan Smart