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Theme Verse:
Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Objects Needed:
Frosted Mini-Wheats

Application:
There’s been a great debate among people on why they like these little cereal squares. In fact, recently a new commercial came out featuring this little fellow. (Show the mini-wheat.) Let’s have our own poll right now. If you like this little guy for his wholesome wheat side raise your hand. (Count the responses.) If you like him for his sugar-frosted side raise your hand. (Count the responses and report the vote.) It looks like more of you like this side.

Some people are similar to this little cereal square. They try to be two-sided. They live one way when they are not around other Christians (Show non-sugar side.), but then change their actions to be different when they are (Show sugar side.). During the week at school or home, you can see who they really are and what they are really like (Show non-sugar side.). But on Sundays, they get dressed up, put on a smile and come to church looking and acting like they live a Christ-like life (Show sugar side.). They live to please whatever people they are around.

In the Bible, Paul says, Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. You should not change your actions to fit in to wherever you are. If you do, you will find yourself being two-faced, pretending to be what you aren’t. It’s basically living a lie. If you do that, you will lose God’s approval and His approval is the one that really counts! Besides, God said that if you are going to be a Christian, that you will not always fit in. There may be some people who don’t like you just because you are a Christian, but that’s good! Jesus said that shows that you are being like Him, because many people didn’t like Him living right either. Live your life in such a way that people will know exactly what you are like. Let Jesus’ light shine through you. Don’t create a great debate over who you really are (Flip cereal back and forth.) Be who God has chosen you to be and you’ll be just fine! (Pray.)

Copyright © 1995-1999 by Rev. Gary R. Linn
Children’s Ministry Today

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