What You Are Teaching: God wants your best effort during praise and worship.
Psalm 111:1 "I will praise the Lord with my whole heart in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation."
Mark 12:30 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength."
What You Will Need: a plate of food with servings that are half eaten (i.e., Twinkles, hot dog, apple. etc.), a paper heart also lying on the plate
Presentation: "Today I brought some wonderful snacks as rewards for children that have been very well behaved." Pull out plate of food. "Let me see, who has been well-behaved today?"
"Well, let me first show you what the snacks are." Pick up each snack and talk about how wonderful it is, and how good it tastes as you take another bite out of each one.
"Alright, let me see. To what child should I give this hot dog?" Leader pauses and looks at the hot dog, then looks at the children quizzically. "What’s the matter? Some of you are looking at me like something is wrong." Allow children to respond. "Okay then, if you don’t want a half-eaten hot dog, how about a Twinkle? Is that better?" Then the leader takes another bite.
"Listen friends. If you invited the President to come over for a meal and he didn’t arrive right away–let’s say you were hungry–so you ate without him. Just when you finished eating, in walked the president. So, you did the very best thing you could do. You gave him leftovers!" Hold up half eaten food for children to see. Would that be a good idea? Is that how the President of the United States should be treated?"
"May I encourage you today to not give God just your leftovers? We need to give God our best in everything we do. When we come to services here, come prepared to give God your best. God doesn’t necessarily want your whole Twinkle, or whole apple, or whole hot dog, but God does want your whole heart." (Show heart from plate)
"Psalm 111:1 says, ‘I will praise the Lord with my whole heart.’ Don’t give God just your leftover time, or leftover offerings, or leftover attention. Decide today to give God all the praise!"
Copyright © 2002 Rev. Randy Christensen
This sample lesson is from the book "Worship Insights ".