A 'growing' gel ball as a symbol of all the things we can grow in as a Chrisian
As children’s workers, youth workers and pastors it is our aim to help the kids and people that we serve grow in all the good things that God has for them.
It is our prayer and desire that they grow in:
- God’s Word
- God’s love
- maturity in Christ through the church
- Christ and being Christ-like
- The power of the Holy Spirit
This amazing but easy-to-do object lesson will help you teach on these areas of Christian growth.
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This object lesson needs a little preparation. Put one very small and one large see-through gel ball into a jug of water. Let them soak for 24 hours so that they reach their ‘normal ‘ size. Put the giant gel ball into a large vase of water. Put the normal gel ball on a plate. Now you are ready for the object lesson.
Show the children, young people or adults the normal gel ball on a plate. Tell them that this gel ball represents us. We are like this gel ball. The large vase of water represents:
- God’s Word
- God’s love
- The church
- The Holy Spirit
- The water of baptism
Put the normal gel ball into the large vase of water. Let go of the normal gel ball and search with your hand for the giant clear gel ball. The ‘trick‘ here is that clear gel balls are not visible in water. So it seems that the normal gel ball has instantly grown into a giant gel ball.
Six teaching points that you can use with this object lesson:
1. Growing in God’s Word
In this object lesson the clear gel ball symbolizes us, and the vase full of water symbolizes God’s Word. As we submerge ourselves into the Bible we will grow in God’s Word.
The Word of God is …
- Alive, full of power, effective, energizing and knows the condition (thoughts and purposes) of man’s heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
- Everlasting. There is no time limit on it. (Matthew 24:35, Isaiah 40:8)
- Sure. God holds His Word in high regard. He stakes His integrity on it. (Isaiah 55:11)
- Full of truth and life. We can live abundantly by the Word of God. (John 6:63)
- To be desired more than riches and is sweeter than the sweetest thing every tasted! Furthermore, the Word rewards the one who obeys it. (Psalm 19:10-11)
Ten ways to grow in God’s Word:
1.Read the Word daily.
2.Pray the Word.
3.Speak the Word.
4.Study the Word.
5.Teach the Word.
6.Memorize the Word.
7.Meditate on the Word.
8.Believe the Word.
9.Share the Word.
10.Apply the Word to yourself.
2. Growing in God’s love
The vase full of water symbolizes God’s amazing and overflowing love. The regular gel ball symbolizes us.
The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:5)
His power enables us to live faithful lives, choosing to love Him fully with all that we are and all that we have. Even in our struggles, it is still possible to grow in love for Jesus in every area of life through His strength.
- You can love Him with all your heart.
- You can love Him with all your soul.
- You can love Him with all your mind.
- You can love Him with all your strength.
3. Growing to maturity in Christ within the church
The vase of water symbolizes the church, the youth group or the Sunday school. We are the normal gel ball.
Talk with the children about what we do in church:
- we learn from the Bible
- we pray
- we give
- we worship God
- we talk about God
- we ask questions
- we make friends
- we grow
All these things will help us to grow to maturity. That’s why it is so important to come to church on a regular basis. Take the giant gel ball out of the water to show how much growth has occurred!
4. Growing in Christ and being Christ-like
The vase full of water symbolizes Christ. The regular gel ball symbolizes us.
In Galatians 3:26-28 Paul writes: "In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
When you become a Christian you are identified with Christ. You have left behind your old life and embraced your new life in Christ. But what does this mean?
Being in Christ means:
- that we study His words in scripture
- that we obey His words in our lives
- that we communicate with Him through prayer
- that we worship Him in everything we do
- that we act like Christ
If you consciously focus on being in Christ, you‘ll discover that you’ll grow in Christ and become more Christ-like.
5. Growing in the power of the Holy Spirit
The vase full of water symbolizes the Holy Spirit. The regular gel ball symbolizes us. In the Bible we can read that we have been baptized in the Holy Spirit.
“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.“ (Acts 1:5, Acts 2:38. Matthew 3:11, Ephesians 5:18)
Put the normal gel ball into the water. Being baptized means that we are submerged into the Holy Spirit. And you know what happens then? What happens to a gel ball that you put into the water? Yes, it is filled with water. Like this - take the giant gel ball out of the water. The Holy Spirit wants to fill us with His life and power, so that we can be a blessing to others.
6. Explaining the meaning of baptism (through immersion)
The vase full of water symbolizes the baptism water. The regular gel ball symbolizes us. When we become a Christian we may know we have become a new creation.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! “ (2 Corinthians 5:17)
To symbolize this, in many churches (adult) people get baptized through immersion. The normal gel ball represents these people. They enter into the water to show to everyone that their old life without Christ is over. Very often they will give a testimony about their life without God - show the normal gel ball again. Then they are immersed into the water. Drop the gel ball into the water and take the giant gel ball out of the water. They celebrate a new, much bigger life in Christ. They have become a new creation!