Musical chairs isn’t just an exciting game, it’s an opportunity to present an object lesson to kids. Break out those chairs, get the music ready and that’s all you need. Here’s a review of how the game is played and some verses you can use. Chairs are placed in a circle, the seats facing outward. There should be one chair for each child. As the music plays, the kids move along walking in the circle. When the music stops, it’s every man for himself! Kids have to find a seat or they are out of the game. So now that we’re caught up, here’s the object lesson.
Musical Chairs Bible Verses
Introduce the kids to these bible verses before and after the object lesson.
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? (John 14:2)
…for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” (Luke 18:26)
Presenting the Musical Chairs Object Lesson
Remember what we’re teaching here—that’s there’s plenty of room in heaven and the kingdom of God. In fact, Jesus tells us that in his Father’s house, there are “many” rooms! We are also promised that everyone who calls on (cries out) to the Lord will be saved. That’s the total opposite of the Musical Chairs game.
Play a few rounds of musical chairs, taking away chairs as the game progresses. Naturally there will be only a few chairs left, not enough chairs for everyone. In fact, really amp up the action by removing all the chairs except one or two. Ask the kids how they feel seeing there’s not enough chairs for everyone? They’ll say sad, mad and probably a few other things.
Say, “This is an exciting game but it’s not how God’s kingdom works. There is never limited seating. God will make room for everyone in the world if He needs to! Don’t ever think you have qualify or score a seat at God’s table. He loves you and if Jesus lives in your heart, you automatically have a spot–forever!”
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