Each Sunday I post one of my favorite Bible-based activities. These activities are tried and true, usually super simple, and make a lasting impression on the kids. They are also easily altered, and, for the most part Im only going to post the activity and just add some suggestions for how to incorporate it into an overall lesson. I hope you can use some of these in your own ministry – be it homeschooling or church.
The Parable of the Apple Tree
Items Needed: An apple, a knife to cut through the middle of the apple
Scripture: We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. Romans 12:6 (NIV)
Application: Once upon a time there was an apple tree which God had created. It was a young tree without any leaves or fruit. One night the young tree saw the brilliant stars and was very unhappy. He wished for himself to have these sparkling stars on his branches so that he too would be beautiful.
The next morning, God noticed that the tree was unhappy, and He said to him, “Let me make something for you. I will dress you up in a beautiful mantle of green so that you will be beautiful to behold. Then you will not be so unhappy.”
But the tree was not content with God’s plan. “I do not want a mantle of green, I want stars.” The next morning the tree saw that God had not given him stars, but green leaves. And the tree frowned upon it.
Once again the tree said to God, “I want stars,” but instead, God gave him beautiful red fruit. The tree was even more unhappy. The wind saw how unhappy the apple tree was and the wind became unhappy too. The wind blew and tried to set the apple tree free of the leaves and the fruit, but he failed. However, as the wind blew, some of the leaves and fruit fell to the ground. One piece of fruit broke into two pieces right in the middle. When the tree looked upon the broken fruit, guess what he saw? (Slice the apple in half and show it to the children. When you slice apple horizontally, as if you were making an apple stamp, in the middle you will see the shape of a star.) Inside the fruit was the shape of a star!
Many times you and I, like the apple tree in the story, want a special gift like one God has given to someone else. We may even try to give God instructions as to what is best for us. We must remember that God gives each of us special gifts as he deems best. When we rejoice in the gifts he has given us and use them to do his work, then we will shine like the stars.
Pray: Father, help us to be content with the work that you do in us, and to use the gifts which you give us to be a blessing to others. Amen.