What Weighs Us Down? A Bible Object Lesson for

It’s amazing how many children are walking around with the weight of the world on their shoulders

They have worries and cares just like adults

How appropriate and needed are the words of Jesus in the book of Matthew

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28) The problem is that most people who are overweight do not know how much unnecessary weight they are carrying

Bring this What Makes Us Heavy object lesson to your classroom and help kids lighten the load

Ankle weight

Heavy books

Hand weights

Place all items in the study area but keep them out of reach of children

Let’s learn

Did you know that it is easy to get used to carrying extra weight?

Worrying and caring have spiritual weight

Over time, children and adults take on anxiety, care and guilt, and soon they find themselves burdened

We need volunteers!

Ask volunteers to stand in front of the class

Place hat and backpack on volunteer )

Now it looks like you are ready to put on some weight

I say things that are not true

For example, I put these ankle weights on you to show what it’s like when you walk in unrepentant sin

I don’t know whether you sin unrepentantly or not

Only God knows

This is for an object lesson so no one is judging you here, okay?

(Put the weight on the child’s ankles) Now move your legs and try to walk

I have some extra weight for you

This is not the scale of the crime

These are concerns and care

Let’s pretend our volunteers are concerned about getting good grades

(Put books in the back pack) Now how does that feel?

One more thing

Can you catch these things?

(Give the child a hand weight) That’s really heavy

Have the class clap for the child

Help him lose weight

Walking in the weight of guilt, worry and anxiety or freedom?

Yes, freedom is better

Let’s pray and ask God to set us free!

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