This week, we concluded our unit on “The Early Church.” Our friends worked hard on memorizing our key passage from Romans 12:5: “We, though many, are one body in Christ…”
The early church began with the disciples giving up all that they had so that nobody was lacking in anything. As ONE BODY IN CHRIST, we know that the church is built upon our ONE FOUNDATION–that is JESUS! James warns us to be careful not to be hearers only, but doers of the Word (James 1:22).
James said that anyone who hears God’s Word but does not do it is like someone who sees himself in a mirror, and then turns away, and at once forgets what he looks like (James 1:23-24). While our FaithKids Junior friends drew self-portraits of themselves using as much detail as they could, our FaithKids Senior group had a wild and crazy hair and makeup session! They were challenged to make their hair as crazy as they could using hair gel, hair ties, clips, etc. and then draw all over their faces using whatever makeup they had at home. There were no rules…the more embarrassed they were to show their faces the better! 🙂 (I must admit, I hesitated before sharing this picture of myself here because of how ridiculous I looked.)
As fun as it was to go nuts with the hair and makeup, our children were reminded that our sins are like our hair and makeup when it all goes awry. We may not always see our sins visibly when we look into the mirror or when we see pictures of ourselves, but our sin inside our hearts are just as ugly!
Now at the end of this activity, some of our friends were lucky and had makeup remover at home to take off all the yucky stuff. Others weren’t as fortunate and ended up having to take whole showers using scrubbies to scrub it all off–and even then there were remnants of makeup left behind on their faces! Just as we cannot use any regular water and soap to remove makeup that has been rubbed deep into the pores of our skin, we also cannot rid our sins completely on our own. We need makeup remover. Our sins can only be washed by the blood of Christ and we need to repent! Can you imagine if we were like the man James was talking about and we walked out onto the street looking the way we did? Our friends all agreed that none of them wanted to go outside and risk anyone they knew seeing them the way they looked during this activity. As Christ followers, it is important for us to continue to be doers who act rather than hearers who forget. You see…makeup, if left on, can have harmful effects on our skin…just as sin harms us. The longer we leave it on, the more it damages our skin, and the more effort it takes to remove. Thankfully, our sins have been paid for completely by Jesus who died on the cross for us and rose victoriously conquering sin and death!
Now we just talked about the importance of being doers of the Word who act rather than hearers who forget. This, dear friends, is what we call OBEDIENCE. The easiest way to obey is to obey immediately. One of the home activities we did this week was a “Listen and Draw” activity, where a set of instructions was given (e.g., draw a red heart in the middle square) and our friends drew the pictures as they heard each instruction read right away. (This activity was adapted from Tchr Browne.)
Can you imagine how much harder it would be to complete all the squares if they had only listened to the instructions at the beginning and did not follow them right away? In the same way, it is easier to be a doer of God’s Word when we obey Him immediately rather than wait till later when we forget what was told to us. James also reminded us that those who hear and do God’s Word will be blessed (James 1:25).