We all get materialistic urges at times. God usually spoon feeds us the things we get in life or we’d make a huge mess. These Sunday school activities are good for Holiday season as the discussion covers Holiday shopping.

Sunday School Activities: Holiday Series – Why God Doesn’t Give Us Tons of Stuff!

Proverbs 30:8-9

Plastic or Styrofoam bowls, any popular kids’ cereal (enough for everyone to have some), milk, plastic spoons.

Put a bowl in front of everyone. Pass around the cereal box so students can pour some for themselves. Pass around the milk or put milk on top of cereal for all students. Hide the spoons!

Okay, we’ve got this great cereal! Let’s eat!

Someone should announce very quickly that there are no spoons.

Oh, dear! What are we going to do? If we try to eat with our fingers, we’ll end up with a huge mess! There will be milk all over the table”¦soggy cereal all over the floor”¦ soggy cereal on our outfits.

Without spoons, we’d have to eat this cereal with our fingers”¦ew! Sticky! Or we’d have to get the bowl up to our mouths – don’t try it! Most of us would have soggy milk running down our necks!

I have spoons! Pass out the spoons. Now everyone can enjoy your cereal while I talk.

How many of you have gone through a catalog or a web site that has lots of outfits or electronics displayed? Take answers. And how many of you have thought you wanted almost everything on a page? Take answers.

When we wish for something like a hundred outfits or dozens of electronic games, we don’t often get that much. We usually get one or two. But it rarely feels like “everything we wanted.”

God is a little like this spoon. Hold up some cereal on the spoon.

He spoons good things out to us in small “mouthfuls.” Do you know what I mean? Eat what’s on your spoon.

He doesn’t allow us to have too much stuff or to be given too many clothes very often. Why not? Because we’ll get spoiled. Because we’ll make a huge mess.

If we’re given too much, and we don’t rely on God to give us the things we need when we need them, we can end up with a huge mess. We can become spoiled and think we’re entitled to a lot of stuff. That’s sort of like putting this bowl to our mouths and gulping. What can happen? We’ll make a mess and maybe even choke.

There’s a thing called “spiritual indigestion.” It’s when you have so many material things that you can’t “taste” the spirit of God anymore. One prophet in the Old Testament said in Proverbs 30:8-9,

“give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, “˜Who is the LORD?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.”

We need God to spoon our blessings out to us. When we get one outfit for Christmas instead of the forty we could have picked out online – let’s learn to be thankful. God is spooning out what we need, so that we don’t make a huge mess”¦So that we don’t get so much that we forget either about Him or the important things in life.

Let’s thank God for his abundance, which comes to us in spoonfuls.


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