This Christian object lesson uses a pair of glasses to help children as well as adults or youth realize how the Holy Spirit helps us see God working in and around us in the spiritual realm of His Kingdom.
You may also be interested in the devotional Bible study for adults.
The Holy Spirit helps us see and know God and how we can live for Him.
A pair of eye glasses
Ephesians 1:18-19a; 2 Corinthians 4:6; 2 Corinthians 3:16
2 Kings 6:8-17 God's Invisible Army
Begin the lesson with a quick game of "I Spy". Have students look around the room for things that are a certain color or shape; for youth or adults, have them find certain words either around the room or in magazines or the Bible. Take a few minutes to talk about how wonderful it is that God has given us the ability to see.
If you wear eyeglasses or reading glasses, talk about how they help you see. Ask any other students that wear glasses share how their glasses help them see. Can they see better with or without their glasses?
Explain that you are going to use glasses to share with them an object lesson about God and how His Holy Spirit helps us see and recognize things we can't see with our physical eyes. He helps us see life more clearly.
Read Ephesians 1:18-19a
"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe."
Ask what they think Paul means by "the eyes of your heart".
Guide their answers to the understanding that "the eyes of our heart" do not help us see the physical world around us, but they help us know and understand in our heart the things of God and His Kingdom.
Depending on the age of your students, have someone read the following two Bible verses, or you read them:
2 Corinthians 4:6 -
" For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ."
2 Corinthians 3:15-16
"Even to this day, whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their hearts, but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is removed."
Take a moment to talk about these two verses. Talk about how in the first verse it mentions "darkness". Is it easy to see in the dark?
The second verse talks about a "veil". Have students cover their eyes with their hands or other object; ask if they can see.
Explain that when we accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, and He comes into our life, He is light so we can see and know God. He uncovers our eyes and helps us see God and spiritual things. We can see hope in Him; we can see riches that are not money, but peace and joy and love, etc. We can see His power at work!
When Jesus brings us life and
light, He also gives us His Holy Spirit. His Holy Spirit is with us
every day and helps us understand what we read in the Bible. He guides
us and helps us see how to walk and follow Jesus. He helps us see spiritual life more clearly.
[Option: Make the take home craft glasses and have students put them on each time you say "put on our GLASSES" with statements below.]
Every day we have a choice to allow the Holy Spirit to help us see, like putting on our glasses...or not.
When we sit down to read the Bible, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us understand what we are reading...put on our GLASSES!
When we don't know what decision to make, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us know what God wants...put on our GLASSES!
When we are angry at a friend that hurt us, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us forgive them...put on our GLASSES!
When our mom or dad tells us to do something, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us obey them...put on our GLASSES!
Have students think of other daily occurrences in which we need to remember this object lesson and ask the Holy Spirit to help us see.
If you have a longer period of time. Read the story of Elisha and God's invisible army to give students an actual occurrence of how God's Holy Spirit opened the eyes of Elisha's servant to see the spiritual work of God protecting and fighting for them.
Have kids use these fun printable templates to create their own glasses to take home and remind them to ask God's Holy Spirit to help them see and know God every day. Don't think youth won't enjoy this activity too; they can get pretty creative...and silly!
Supplies: Templates printed on card stock or traced on craft foam, cellophane (optional), scissors, glue, markers or crayons, decorations.