Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 web
However God’s firm foundation stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness.” 2 Timothy 2:19 web
A sealable plastic bag to keep new things fresh and ready to be eaten or used is very handy. One of these may be able to serve as a way of teaching children some concepts of the Bible that are not so tangible for them to understand. Try asking them if they would like you to put a snack into the bag and seal it up if it were all old and stale or even moldy. No! That would not be good. We want new and fresh snacks put into the bag and sealed to stay clean and fresh, ready to eat. You don’t want it to get dirty, dry out, or get stale.
Now the kids understand a tangible thing about what they want for their snacks and how a sealable plastic bag serves the purpose nicely. Now you may try applying the spiritual lesson. Like how we want our snack to be new and stay clean and fresh, God wants us to become a new creation and stay clean and fresh. That means He wants us to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior to forgive us of all the bad things we do, then let Him help us to think and behave differently. Such as treating each other the way we would want others to treat us. Talking to God, spending time reading the Bible, and attending church help us to stay clean and fresh for God to use us. He enjoys using us to help others.
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'” Matthew 22:37 web
I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 web
Don’t let kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck.
Write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4 web
Find a rock in the basic shape of a heart, paint it red, and ta-dah!! You have an object lesson that will cover many various topics and Bible verses. Depending on the Bible version, the word heart appears about 600 to 800 times. This is definitely a fantastic object lesson with many possibilities.
Consider teaching the children about the difference between the two hearts often talked about: the physical pump that God so wonderfully created us with to pump blood around in our body, and the heart that is the seat of our emotions.
God wants us to love Him with everything we’ve got. The Bible tells us to hide God’s word in our heart. And to write kindness and truth on the tablet or our heart. These are metaphors that give children and adults a visual reminder of how important these things are for us. We should spend time with God and in the Bible every day. Which helps us to make good choices. Such as not do bad things that may hurt God, people, or ourselves. Being kind and truthful from our very heart will help us to have favor with both God and man.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:24 web
How sweet are your promises [words] to my taste, more than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103 web
Honey is a very sweet object lesson. It has been used as such for a very long time. When a child is introduced to the Bible and its fantastic stories and great wisdom, it should coincide with sweetness and fun. Joy should be at the heart of the learning experience. Little children may focus more on the sweet snacks and fun of the festivities. But as time goes on, the seeds planted in their heart and soul should grow and blossom. They should learn how God’s words and promises are sweet and good for us.
God loves us more than we can even imagine. He has given us a wonderful gift, the Bible. In it, He explains how we may have a wonderful relationship with Him. Learn and teach how sweet it can be to our heart, soul, strength, and mind when we have a relationship with Him and study His word. Spend time with God and His Word the Bible every day.
[Please check with parents before giving children honey. Some are allergic to honey. Have them help decide on a good substitute for their child.]