We can thank God that He doesn’t ask us to do scary things like jump in a hot, fiery furnace to prove He can save us, right? But we live in a world where a lot of people don’t know God. That’s a shame, isn’t it?
1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “Only someone who has God’s Spirit can understand spiritual blessings. Anyone who doesn’t have God’s Spirit thinks these blessings are foolish.”
When someone doesn’t understand God, how do they sometimes respond when we tell them we believe in Him? There are many answers to this, but being mean, making fun, and feeling confused are a few.
Here is an example that a girl told me. Her name is Katie. Katie’s class in school got into a discussion about what kids do on the weekend. Katie raised her hand and said, “I go to Sunday School every Sunday.”
Two boys, Tyler and Dylan, were sitting behind her. Tyler laughed, nudged Dylan, and said, “Those stupid religious people don’t even watch cartoons on Sunday morning.” Dylan laughed along with him.
Katie got a little uncomfortable. She had a sister who was getting open heart surgery in a month or so. Their family relied on God a lot to keep them from being scared. She turned around and said to Tyler and Dylan,
“I like Sunday School. And guess what else? God keeps me company all week long.”
How do you think Katie felt when the boys laughed? She probably felt mad or embarrassed.
Did Katie do anything wrong? No! Does that mean she should never announce in school again that she goes to church? No.
But she got made fun of anyway. Sometimes life is like that. You can do everything right and come out with a result that isn’t always fun. But God can fight for you.
Bringing the Story to Life
Get one volunteer to stand up. Blindfold them. Tell them to try to stand on one foot. Have the other children back away so that if the blindfolded child hops, he/she won’t land on their fingers.
Say: “[Child] is a lot like a person who stands up for God. Blindfolding and standing on one foot, he/she feels shaky. You never know when you’ll be in a situation where you could stand up for God, and you never know quite what you’re going to have to say. It’s like going into a situation blind. The pressure of others to simply keep your mouth shut, that’s a little dizzying in our hearts. It’s kind of like trying to stand on one foot. Who wants to play the part of the person who doesn’t know God?”
Get a volunteer to stand. Tell this child to push the blindfolded, hopping volunteer—not hard, just enough to startle him/her and to do it when and from a direction they are not expecting. If they fall, tell the to stand back up again.
Say: “This second person showed us what it’s like to be a little mean, like Tyler, the kid in Katie’s class. As Christians, we can easily feel that we shouldn’t stand up to people like Tyler because we don’t really have a chance. They can “knock us over” easily, or make fun of anything we say. But here’s what’s really going on.”
Go stand behind the blindfolded child and take them firmly by both shoulders. They should be able to balance well on one foot.
Say: “I’m playing the role of God right now. When you stand up for God, he takes a hold of you. He protects you. He makes sure the foolish people can’t knock you over.”
Tell the student to do just as they did before, and try to knock the volunteer over. This time, they won’t be able to because you’re strong arms are holding them up. Remove the volunteer’s blindfold.
When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego went into the fiery furnace, God surrounded them, supported them, and kept them from getting burned in a really hot fire. They told King Nebuchadnezzar that their God could protect them, but even if He chose to take them up to heaven, they were ready to go. Katie told her school class she went to Sunday School and that God’s presence was with her all week. Her sister came through her open heart surgery just fine and is now an athlete. But check out the added surprise:
Tyler made fun of her, and his friend Dylan laughed. What Katie didn’t know was that Dylan secretly felt terrible about laughing. His grandfather also had recently undergone a serious surgery, and he was scared. He’d heard about Katie’s sister. He thought for a long time about Katie standing up for herself and said the first prayers of his life. She is still unaware of what a lasting impression she had on a boy in her class—who laughed.
You don’t need to have a sister’s like Katie’s…you don’t need to be in any sort of scary situation to stand up for God. But if you do, He can bring great things your way no matter who laughs at you.
Who wants to ask God this week for a chance to stand up for Him?
Mary-Kate is a regular blogger at Christianity Cove. You can often find her writing about Christian Parenting, Homeschool Teaching, Bible Study and Sunday School Activities, Faith and inspiring children to love God. Follow her at @SundaySchoolGal Facebook Google+ & Pinterest