- Topic: Loving and Doing
- Bible Passage: Matthew 5:14-16
- Big Idea: We glorify God by loving him and doing what he commands.
- Objectives: Children will understand what glorifying God means. Children will know that we show God that we love Him when we do what he wants us to do. Children will also realize why they should glorify God.
- Materials Used: Candle, Flashlight, Paper, Scissors, Glue
Ask your child to name someone they love. Younger children would usually answer Mom or Dad.
When we love someone, we would like to do things to make them happy. There are many ways to say “I love you” to someone. Can you name a few things that would make the person you love happy? (obeying parents, listening to teacher’s instructions, giving gifts to friends, etc.)
When you obey your parents, you show them that you love them. When we obey God, we show God that we love Him. Question 4 of the catechism says that we glorify God by loving him and doing what he commands. While Question 5 teaches us to glorify God because he made us and takes care of us.
Q4: How can you glorify God?
A: By loving him and doing what he commands.
Q5: Why are you to glorify God?
A: Because he made me and takes care of me.
In the previous lesson, we learned that God made us for his own glory. For this lesson, we are going to learn how and why we are to glorify God.
Light a candle or open a flashlight in a dark room. Try to snuff out the candle or cover the flashlight, and observe the reaction. Do it all over again.
The Bible tells us that God’s children are like light. Listen to what Matthew 5:14-16 says:
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (ESV)
God made us the light of the world, and whenever we show love to God by following what He wants us to do, we glorify Him. But sometimes we don’t love and obey God. We do things that God doesn’t want us to do. We would say mean things to our siblings, open up the candy bar even though Mom and Dad told us not to, and even grab a toy from a friend without asking for permission. When we disobey God, this is what the Bible calls sin. Sin is not following God’s commands. Sin is disobeying God.
Sin keeps us from loving and obeying God. But God found a way to solve the sin problem. He sent His Son Jesus to come into the world to become like us. Jesus was hungry, and thirsty. He cried when a dear friend died. He also got tired. He was like us in every way, but He did not sin. Not only that, Jesus obeyed all of God’s commandments. So when we love and trust in Jesus, God will forgive us all our sins and teach us how to love and obey Him. The Holy Spirit helps us do that by changing our hearts so that instead of loving sin, we will love God. And when other people see that we love and obey God, they may want to know God too. After all, glorifying God is showing others how great and good He is. That’s how we should glorify God.
Carine Mackenzie in her small book called God is Kind lists down several ways God shows us how he takes care of us:
- He gives us food every day. (Luke 11:3)
- He give us water to drink. (Isaiah 44:3)
- He give us sunny days to enjoy. (Jeremiah 31:35)
- He gives us our family. (Psalm 68:6)
- He has given us the Bible to help us. (Psalm 68:11)
- He gives a beautiful life in heaven to those who love him. (Romans 6:23)
- How can you glorify God? By loving him and doing what he commands.
- Why are you to glorify God? Because he loves me and takes care of me.
- What does it mean to glorify God?
- What does it meant to be the light of the world?
- What are some more ways we can obey God?
- What are some more ways that God takes care of us?
You could choose to sing a song, share a story, or create a craft.
The song called “The Light of the World” sung by Steve Green is based on the Matthew passage.
You are the light of the world, you are the light of the world. Let your light shine before men, you are the light of the world.
Let your light so shine that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven.
Let your light shine before men, you are the light of the world
Another great song to teach is The Ten Commandments Song by Judy Roger:
Thou shalt have no other gods but Me;
Before no idol bow thy knee.
Take not the Name of God in vain;
Nor dare the Sabbath Day profane.
Give both thy parents honor due;
Take heed that thou no murder do.
Abstain from words and deeds unclean;
Nor steal, though thou art poor and lean.
And do not lie, but always say what is true,
And covet not the things that don’t belong to you!
You could also close with a story written by R.C. Sproul called The Lightlings in keeping with the light theme.
R.C. Sproul weaves an allegorical tale that captures the essence of the biblical story of redemption in a manner that will fascinate and delight children. A race of tiny beings known as lightlings are a picture of humanity as they pass through all the stages of the biblical drama – creation, fall, and redemption. In the end, children will understand why some people fear light more than darkness, but why they need never fear darkness again.
You can hear the whole story as read by R.C. Sproul himself over at Renewing Your Mind. You can also purchase the book over at the Westminster Bookstore. It is also available locally through the Katecheo webstore.
If your child is into crafts, you could also create a lantern using basic supplies you may already have at home. Please see full instructions over here.