Using this favorite snack food, popcorn, is an excellent way to tool to teach this children’s Bible object lesson. A popcorn seed is hard and tasteles, like us, until God turns the heat on it. This lesson will grab the attention of your Bible study or Sunday school students.
Bible Object Lesson: “God Turns Us Inside Out”
John 12:2, Romans 8:28
Microwave, microwave popcorn, jar of kernels, bowl for serving.
BIBLE OBJECT LESSON:
Let’s eat some popcorn, shall we? Pass around the jar of un-popped kernels after taking a handful for yourself. Kids will object.
We can’t eat these hard, little seeds, can we? Why not? They’re tasteless. They can make you choke. They’re hard to chew.
Let me tell you a story about a boy named Ted. He was an athletic kid, who looked forward to playing football in high school.
Ted had a pain in his leg that would go away, so his mom took him to the doctor’s. It turns out, Ted had bone cancer. He had to have his leg amputated to save his life.
Hold up a popcorn kernel.
At that point in his life, Ted felt hard and utterly useless—like our kernel. But the surgery, his recovery, and the attitude of faith he had to develop to keep going did something to him.
Put the bag of popcorn in the microwave and start the popping process.
When God wants us to become bigger people, sometimes he will allow hardship or “heat” so that we have to become someone bigger. Ted gave up football, but he started to walk on his artificial leg, and he started to ski on just one leg.
Then he started to water ski. Eventually he tried snow boarding.
Ted’s dad was a famous senator, Edward Kennedy. They went skiing in Colorado just months after Ted’s amputation, so the newspaper people all followed along and took pictures. One reporter asked, “Don’t you help him with his skis, Senator?” Senator Kennedy replied, “No, he usually helps me get mine on.”
Ted would never have chosen to lose his leg. Obviously his pain and suffering is not the type of thing anyone looks forward to. But because of it, he sort of “turned inside out” like the popcorn will in the microwave. And in just a few years, he was a much bigger person.
Ted may have gone on to play football in college. Instead he went on to try Xtreme sports with a prosthetic leg and not let anything stop him from trying the things he wanted to. He gained national attention when he grew up because he became a lawyer and one of the nation’s foremost advocates for people
with disabilities. He became a great encourager to other teenagers who had been diagnosed with cancer.
Pop corn should start popping.
Ted was turned inside out. In John 12:2 Jesus said, “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.” And it’s like these popcorn kernels. If they get heated enough, they will “pop” just like we will if we rely on Jesus to help us grow as people.
Next time we feel some heat, next time we’re sick or we get bad news or something goes terribly wrong in our lives, we can look at it as “God will use this situation to make us pop” and then we’ll be big and strong and worth a lot more.
Romans 8:28 says, “All things work together for the good of those who believe.” Sickness, bad news, terrible circumstance–all of it will pop us into shape to make a bigger difference to others.
And now…let’s eat! Serve the popcorn.