This past Wednesday, we had a lesson that we presented to the kids on taking care of your bodies. The key verses that they are to attempt to memorize for the night were I Corinthians 6:19-20 which read as follows.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
After Nissa went over the verse with the kids a few times (thank you Mrs. Thompson!) we had a skit in which several people entered a contest to try to win the God’s Temple Award. There were several teens in the skit, each one having a habit that was bad for their body. One ate junk food, another didn’t get good sleep, another smoked, etc. The kids had to vote by clapping for which one treated their body in the way the verse for the night encouraged people to. The very last contestant was someone who took good care of their body by exercising, eating right, and learning to know God better. After asking the kids to clap for each contestant if they thought that the contestant honored God with their body, it was obvious who had won the contest.
Then I asked the kids the question, "Why didn’t you clap for the others?" The responses were pretty much the same from child to child. They said things like, "They didn’t take care of their bodies. They did things that were bad for their bodies."
But then I called on this blonde, second-grade boy with a mohawk. When I asked him, "Why didn’t you clap for the others?", he responded, "Because they don’t fit in the verse." Hey! That’s good! That was what the kids were supposed to do, compare the people in the skit to the verse and see if the contestants fit in the verse. When I think of it worded this way, I think of a jigsaw puzzle sitting on the table. There is a piece somewhere that will fit into the slot that is waiting, but is it the right piece to complete the picture?
The Bible tells us that by their fruits, we will know them, Matthew 7:16-23. We can see what is coming out of someone’s life and see what kind of relationship they have with God based on that. Do they fit in the verse? The Bible tells us what the fruits of the Spirit are, Galatians 5:22-25. Do our lives fit in the verse?
When someone teaches the Bible, we should be able to go to the scriptures and see if their teachings fit in with the scriptures. To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them, Isaiah 8:20. Hopefully, this boy with the mohawk will continue to compare things to the scriptures as he matures in the LORD.
Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13
-The Orange Mailman