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Idolatry / Commandment Two

Power Point: Anything that takes away from our time with God is an idol.

Exodus 20:4 You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.

Supplies: a small statue, a video game cartridge or hand control

(Show the statue.) How many of you can tell me what this is? That’s right, it is a statue. Now how many of you have statues in your home that you bow down to every day and pray to? None of you? Are you sure you don’t worship something other than God? Sometimes people do and they don’t even realize that they are doing it. (Show the video game.) Can someone tell me what this is? How many of you play video games? How many of you have ever gotten a high score on a video game? It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of time to get high scores. Did you know that this could be an idol? This could be something that you go home and worship every day. That’s right. If you play your game instead of reading God’s Word, then you are putting the game before God. If you play your game instead of spending time in prayer, then you are putting the game before God. If you play your game so much that when it’s time to go to bed, you fall asleep while you are praying, then you are putting the game before God. Your video game has become an idol. Many times people do not realize that the time they spend with other activities like sports, games, TV, etc… can become an idol that they worship if it takes away the time they should be spending with God. You must always put God first. He must have priority, or first place, in your daily activities. If He doesn’t, then you may just have an idol in your house.

Copyright 1996 Children’s Ministry Today

This sample lesson is from the “Object Lesson Collection ” E-book.

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