How Can You Let Your Light Shine for Jesus?- Know the source of all light is Jesus.
This year our theme will be “Let your light shine”. In order for our children to let their light shine they must understand that jesus is the Light of the World. He is the source of our light and we must reflect his light. Here is a devotion that talks about how to reflect the light of Jesus.
|Scripture:||There was a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light,so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light: he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. John 1: 6-9 (NIV)|
Have you ever sat outside on a bright sunny day and used a mirror to reflect the sun’s light? If one of you will take this flashlight and shine it on me I will show you what I mean. You see, as the light shines on me, I hold up my mirror and I can reflect the light to shine on you. I am not the light, I am just letting my mirror reflect the light to shine on you.If I am going to reflect the light on you, there are a couple of things that are very important:
The Bible tells us that “There was a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light: he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” Who do you think the true light is that the Bible said was coming into the world? That is right! It was Jesus. Jesus is the light of the world.
You and I need to be like John. The Bible says that we are to let our light shine, but we need to remember that “Our Light” is Jesus. We are not the light, we are just mirrors that reflect His light.
Scripture: John 1:6-9, John3:16-21
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Memory verses :
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
1. John 1:6-9 is in the New Testament. It was written about John the Baptist who was Jesus’s cousin. Everything that he did pointed to Jesus.
2. If we are going to reflect the light of Jesus, we must remember 2 things:
- We must keep our faces turned toward Jesus.
- We must not let anything come between us and Jesus.
Musical Parade :Give each child a musical instrument to use (tambourine, triangle, etc.) Singor play a tapee of “This Little Light of Mine”.
Teach them this poem:
Jesus is the light. (Point up.)
Jesus is the light. (Point up.)
Jesus is the light that lives inside my heart. (Point up and
then fold hands over heart.)
Every day I see, (Form circles with hands around
The lights that remind me, (Point to self.)
That Jesus is the light that lives inside my heart. (Point up
and then fold hands over heart.)
Items You’ll Need:
– popsicle sticks
– red/orange/yellow tissue paper
– colored card stock
– glue sticks
– magnet or hanging ribbon – whichever you choose to work with
HIDE AND GO SEEK STARS: Show the children a star. Tell the children to close their eyes (no peeking!). Then “hide” a star somewhere in the room but leave just a little of the yellow showing. Tell them “Open your eyes and find the star. Remember that you can’t really hide Jesus’ light!
Let’s play Blanket Ball. In this game, we will remind each other of our Bible Memory Verse
(Matthew 5:14): “Let your light shine .” Each time we toss
the ball into the air and catch it in the blanket, we will say a phrase of the Bible Memory Verse.
1. Children stand in a circle holding the edges of the blanket.
2. Place a ball or balloon in the center of the blanket.
3. Together, the children quickly raise the blanket to toss the ball or balloon into the air.
4. As the ball lands, lead children in saying a phrase of the Bible Memory Verse. Phrases can be divided
as follows: “Let/ your light/ Shine
5. Play several times.
5-12 Year Old Powerzone Workshops
Storyteller’s Tent/ Drama/Games
Lesson ideas :
FLASHLIGHT RELAY: Divide children into two teams and have them run a relay to the far side of the room or area and get a flashlight and run back to the team. Children are not allowed to turn their faces to one side or the other to view another team’s player, or their team has to begin the relay over. After getting a flashlight, they will bring it back to the next team player who will then bring the flashlight back to the line and run back to the next team player. Continue to play until all of the team has run to the flashlight goal.
FLASHLIGHT HUNT: Let children take turns going into a dark room with flashlights to search for some glow-in-the-dark stars, or other small items (even pennies). When the HUNT is over, have children take turns in reading our Bible verse today and talking about the LIGHT!
TURN TOWARD JESUS GAME: Divide the children into two teams. Team 1 children can stand in a long line across the start line (or wall if the game is indoors). Team 2 children can weave in and out around Team 1 children as they attempt to walk to the finish line without turning their faces. They MUST keep their faces toward the finish line without looking from side to side and without letting anything come between! Switch teams to have the other part of the game and then discuss our lesson and keeping our faces turned toward Jesus without letting anything come between us and Jesus
YELLOW STAR: Have yellow stars cut out or ready for children to cut out. Decorate with glitter or shiny paper, etc. Place a magnet on the back of the star for children to hang on the fridg. Children can write REFLECT THE LOVE OF CHRIST.
MIRROR FUN: Give each child a very small mirror. Shine a flashlight on the mirrors and see the reflection. On the back side of their mirrors, children can tape on a small piece of paper that will say, REFLECT THE LOVE OF CHRIST.
God’s Light/No Light:This game is a variation of the game “Red Light/Green Light”. Have the class line up
against a wall. Stand at the opposite end from the children. Explain to them that you
will give either an example of walking in the light (fruit of the Spirit) or an example of
walking in darkness (work of the flesh). For lists you can turn to Galatians 5. When
you announce something in God’s light (a fruit of the spirit; for example “Gentleness”)
then the children may take one step. If you announce something that has no light (a
work of the flesh, for example – “Anger”) then the children should remain still.
If a child proceeds to move forward on a “No Light” command then they need to
return to the beginning. The winners will be the children to correctly move forward
only on the “God’s Light” commands and make it to where the teacher is standing
Work sheets and coloring sheets:
Brainstorm that might block God’s light from shining on us. Give each child a sheet a paper and a pencil, and ask them to write down at least three ways that they could stay in God’s light so they can reflect His light.
Stained glass cross:
Movie of John the Baptist