Object lessons on transformation can help you illustrate important Bible promises like the one found in 2 Corinthians 3:18. The scripture says, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (NIV) What hope!
Don’t believe that God-inspired transformation is lost on kids. Children get the concept of transformation–Hollywood’s “Transformers” movies are proof of that but those films are a poor substitute for God’s true transforming power. Another great example of transformation is the story of Moses returning from the mountain with God. His face had a noticeable glow that frightened many people. He transformed so much that he had to wear a veil for several days after each visit. Besides this story, and so many others, use object lessons on transformation. Here’s a few to get you started.
Coal and diamonds: Unless you have a nearby supply of coal, use a charcoal briquette. For the diamond, I used my diamond wedding ring but a shiny cubic zirconium would work too. Show the children the two items and explain to them how the coal is changed to diamond by a transformational process of pressing and crushing. Tell kids that over time, God will change us to become more like Jesus.
Oyster and a pearl: Bring an empty oyster shell and a simulated pearl to kids church. Pass each item around and let kids hold them. Explain to them that the pearl begins life as a tiny grain of sand but eventually becomes a pearl.
Ice and water: For this object lesson, you need a glass of water and a bowl of ice. Of course, you have to keep the ice chilled for the lesson so plan to bring a cooler. Kids will get this transformation object lesson easily because many already understand how water becomes ice. Tell your class that when we become Christians, we are like that glass of water. When we read our Bible and worship God, we can be assured that God will change us into something different and wonderful.