One of the most “fun” collection of verses in the bible is Matthew 22:37-39. You know how it goes, “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
In the past, I’ve taught kids these verses by pointing to the the heart, head and body. That worked okay but I really wanted to emphasis the amount of each we should be offering God. Remember the Bible tells us, “all your heart.” With that in mind, I decided to write up this All My Heart object lesson. It’s simple to teach! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Prepared Kool-Aid
- 3 clear glasses
- 3 index cards
Before class, set the pitcher of Kool-Aid in the teaching station. Write one word on each of the index cards: Heart, Soul, Mind. Tape one card on the outside of one glass where it can be read easily. Set the glasses in the teaching station.
Invite kids to take a look at the glasses. You should begin by saying, “Who in this room loves God?”
Kids will most likely answer, “I do!” or “We do!” Then ask the question, “But how much?” Use your finger and hands to ask questions like, “This much?” or “How about this much?”
Share the verse and talk about it. Pour some of the Kool-Aid in a couple of the glasses and say, “Is this enough for God?” They should say, “No!”
“Are you sure? I could give God just half my heart. That would be okay, right?” Keep up the conversation until all three glasses are absolutely full. Then say, “This is what God wants! He wants us to love him with our heart, soul and mind! Let’s talk to God about it!”
Lead the children in a prayer of surrender. Set the example and ask God to help you love Him more, with all your heart, soul and mind!
Check out Mimi’s blog at Tools for Kids Church for more of her object lessons.