God’s Gift—Accessories Included! (Complete Lesson)
Spiritual gifts (Complete lesson)
Lesson Introduction: Which Are From God?
Props: video game system (without accessories)
Last week we began studying 2 Timothy. Can anyone remember our memory verse? (Allow for response and review 2 Timothy 1:6). We learned that God has given each of us a special gift we can use for Him, and it is our job to use our gift and to make it even greater by spending time with God and growing in whatever He has called us to do. (Review examples of spiritual gifts and how the children can practice their gifts).
Today we’re going to talk about all the things God gives us to help us use our gifts for Him. (Display video game system). We’re going to use this video game system to represent your special gift from God–whatever it is He has blessed you with. This (name the game system) is incredible. (Name and describe the special features of the system). But by itself, it doesn’t do much good. You have to have all the accessories that come with it to make it work properly.
God has given you a special gift and you have amazing abilities to do awesome things for Him. But God didn’t stop there—He gave you what it takes to use your gifts and make them work like they should. There are three main things God gives us to help us use our gifts. Paul told Timothy about those things in 2 Timothy 1:7. We’re getting ready to learn that verse right now. So sit up straight and get ready to learn the Word of God.
Memory Verse: For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
(Teach the following lesson as you introduce the memory verse).
Props: 4 gift-wrapped boxes [one each marked fear (black box), power, love, self-control]; 1 tag labeled “from the enemy;” 3 tags labeled “from God”
Today we’re moving on in 2 Timothy. After Paul told Timothy to use his gift, he told him not to be afraid to do God’s work and not to be shy about using his talents for God. God had already given him everything he needed to grow in his talents and ministries and to use them. God has given all of us what we need to use our gifts and talents, too. There’s no need to be shy or fearful about using our talents for God.
Paul taught Timothy that there are things every person gets along with their gifts.
As I name each one, see if you can guess if it is from God or from the enemy. (Hold up “power” box). The first thing you get with your gift is power. Power is the strength, energy and ability to do what you need to do. Who do you think power comes from? (Allow for response and place “from God” tag on the power box). God gives us the power to use our gifts for Him. (Hold up “love” box). You also receive a spirit of love when you receive you gifts. Love causes you to care about, show kindness to, and give to others. It makes you want to use your gifts to help others. Who does love come from? (Allow for response and place “from God” tag on the love box). God gives us the love for others that makes us want to help them by using our talents. (Hold up “self-control” box). Self-control also comes when you receive your gifts. Gifts take time to develop. You have to have self-control and self-discipline enough to learn from others and practice to become better at the gifts you have. Who does self-control come from? (Allow for response and place “from God” tag on the self-control box). There is one more thing that usually comes when you receive special gifts and talents from God. (Hold up “fear” box). Fear of what others will say or think about you will keep you from using your gifts and talents for God. You will think things like, “I can’t speak in front of people.” “I can’t sing; I might mess up.” “I can’t help other people; I won’t do any good.” Fear will keep you back. Who does fear come from? (Allow for response and place the “from the enemy” tag on the fear box). Our enemy, satan, will bring fear to try to keep you from what God wants you to do. He’ll lie to you and tell you that you can’t do it. Don’t accept what he brings to you. Just give it right back to him and take what God gives you—power, love and self-control.
Object Lesson 1: The Power Source
(Micah 3:8; Zechariah 4:6; Luke 10:19; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:3, 4)
Props: video game system and gift box (power) with power cord inside
Remember we mentioned that we were going to use this game system to represent the special gifts and talents God has given you. Right now there’s a problem with this game system. There’s no power supply! This box holds an amazing amount of information and ability; but without power, it’s no good. (Open the “power” gift box. Display power cord and plug it in). Now we can get somewhere! It’s plugged in to the power supply. It has the ability to do what it was created to do.
God has given you a power supply, too. He has given you gifts and the power supply of the Holy Spirit to make them work. In Acts 1:8, Jesus spoke to His disciples and said to them, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” They received special power from God’s Holy Spirit to do His work. God promises us the same power. Say for example you have the gift of teaching. When you are plugged in to the power of the Holy Spirit, He will give you the power to speak God’s Word in such a way that people’s lives will be changed. If you have the gift of encouraging others, the Holy Spirit will give you the power to say just the right thing to help others make it through hard times. The Holy Spirit can give you the power to use whatever gifts you have to help others and build the Kingdom of God.
You wouldn’t try to use this game system without the power cord plugged in. Don’t try to do God’s work without the power of His Holy Spirit. Use the power God has given you.
Object Lesson 2: Spirit of Self-Control
(Galatians 5:22; 2 Peter 1:6)
Props: video game system and gift box (self-control) with controller
Now that I have a power cord for my game system, there’s something else I need. Can anyone guess what it is? (Allow for response). I need a controller. If I don’t have a controller, I can’t control what happens in the game. My man (or woman, or team, or whatever) will lose because he/she/they will just stand there instead of playing. They won’t be able to make the moves they need to make to win. (Open the “self-control” gift box. Display controller and plug it in). Now that I have a controller, I can make the moves and play the game.
God has given you the spirit of self control. Not using self control is like not using a controller in a video game: You won’t get anywhere. Gifts don’t just “happen,” they must be developed. It takes work and effort. You don’t just wake up one morning and have the ability to be the best at something. You have to work at it. You have to do something. And usually, you have to use self-control and self-discipline, because working at things isn’t always easy.
In the same way that I use this controller to tell my man/woman/team what to do, you can use self-control to tell yourself, “Okay, it’s time to practice the piano.” “Read the Bible, even though you want to watch TV.” “You need to listen to what your teacher is telling you.” When you use self-control, your gifts will develop and you will become all God has called you to be. Use God’s spirit of self-control to win in life!
Object Lesson 3: Spirit of Love
(Mark 12:30, 31; Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:22; 1 Peter 1:22)
Props: video game system and gift box (love) with headset and/or extra controllers
In order to use God’s gifts, you need to be plugged in to the power supply of His Holy Spirit. You also need the love that God gives you for others.
This game system was meant to be used with more than one player. You could play it alone, but that’s not as much fun! (Open “love” gift box. Display headset/extra controller(s) and set them up). This extra controller lets me share my gift with others. I can invite a friend over and play with him, or I could share with my brother or sister. I could play with anyone I want to. With the headset, I can even play with friends who are on the other side of the world. This game was meant to be played with a number of people at the same time. It wasn’t just meant to be kept to myself.
God give you a spirit of love that will help you share your gifts with others. When you love others, you want to help them and bless them. You want to use your special gifts—like singing, speaking positive words to others, leading, or preaching—to be a blessing to other people. The spirit of love won’t allow you to be selfish and use your gifts to see how much money and fame you can get for yourself. You will use them for others.
Let God’s spirit of love guide you as you use your gifts for Him.