Needed: A toolbox with tools
Open the toolbox and pull out a tool. Ask, What could someone do with this?
Go through a couple of tools, discussing their use.
Ask, What would happen if I used these tools the wrong way? What if I used this hammer as a screwdriver, or this measuring tape as a hammer? Would it work?
What if I used my tools to bonk someone on the head? Would that be using my tools correctly?
A good worker knows how to use his tools the right way. And the Bible tells us that God wants us be a good worker for Him.
(Read 2 Timothy 2:15.)
As Christians, we're workers with God. But we don't just use these kinds of tools for God. What do you think are some other tools God has given us to use for Him?
Hold up a Bible. We can use all kinds of tools for God when we use things to help other people, but this is the main tool God has given us to be a worker with Him.
And just like we can do a lot of good if we use these tools the right way, we can also do a lot of good if we use the Bible the right way. And just like we can do bad things with the tools if we use them the wrong way, we can also do bad things with the Bible if we use it the wrong way.
If we use the Bible to learn about God and to make people feel good because God loves them, that's using our tool of the Bible the right way. But if we use the Bible to make people feel bad, that's using the Bible the wrong way. So, remember, God always wants us to use the tool of the Bible the right way.
Let's pray about that.
Sample prayer: Father God, we thank You for giving us the Bible to be our main tool as Your followers. We pray that You will help us to always respect it and use it the right way, like You want us to. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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