Object Lesson: Gloves – the Hand of God at Work Within Us


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Finding one's identity, purpose, and meaning in life are common struggles that every youth faces. They are seeking an answer to the question, Why am I here? In their search for purpose, they may try to find fulfillment in a variety of things, some good, some bad. But our purpose cannot be found in things. Our identity is found by filling the emptiness in our lives with Christ. When God's Hand is at work in our lives, only then will we find true meaning and purpose. Gloves are a great object lesson to remind youth of this spiritual truth and a simplified version of this lesson makes a great Children's Sermon.

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Object Lesson: Gloves – the Hand of God at Work Within Us

  1. 1. Object Lesson:Gloves – theHand of God atWork Within Uswww.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.com
  2. 2. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.comFinding one’s identity, purpose, andmeaning in life are common strugglesthat every youth faces. They areseeking an answer to thequestion, “Why am I here?” In theirsearch for purpose, they may try tofind fulfillment in a variety ofthings, some good, some bad. But ourpurpose cannot be found in things.Our identity is found by filling theemptiness in our lives with Christ.When God’s Hand is at work in ourlives, only then will we find truemeaning and purpose. Gloves are agreat object lesson to remind youthof this spiritual truth and a simplifiedversion of this lesson makes a greatChildren’s Sermon.
  3. 3. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.comGLOVESResourcesCollect a variety of gloves. Here aresome of the possible gloves youcould choose from:• baseball glove• welder’s glove• leather gloves• Winter gloves or mittens• boxing gloves• work gloves• Surgical gloves• Food preparation gloves• Kitchen gloves• Gardening Gloves
  4. 4. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.com• Fingerless Gloves• White Gloves• Cycling Gloves• Fur gloves• Sequined gloves• Goal Keeper’s Gloves• Catcher’s Glove• Golf Glove• Driving Gloves• Scuba Gloves• Ski Gloves• Washing Mitt• Wheelchair Gloves
  5. 5. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.comYou might also have on hand a varietyof items to fill the gloves with. Hereare some possibilities: marbles, golfballs, M&Ms, skittles, coins, sand,water, salt, beans, paper clips, sticks,straws, pencils, ice, jello, baby powder,etc. The possibilities are endless.These can be symbolic or simply forfun. Marbles could represent gems,golf balls can represent sports, paperclips – work, M&M’s sweets or desires,coins – wealth, aspirin or beer – drugs,condoms – sex.You can also add a wacky game to thisobject lesson by planning to divide theyouth into teams and providing arubber glove for each team
  6. 6. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.comPreparation• Display the gloves in a waythat all the youth can seethem.• Have the items to fill thegloves readily available buthidden from sight. Havethem hidden in such a waythat you only need to revealone at a time. Suspense andcuriosity are great tools forteaching as the youth will betrying to guess what you willfill the gloves with next.
  7. 7. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.comWacky Game – Optional• Divide the youth into teams andgive each team a rubber kitchenglove.• The youth must select one teammember to put the rubber gloveon over his (or her) head and pullit down over their nose andinflate it using air from his nose.Once the glove is filled with air sothat it is inflated and stands upon top of the youth’s head, theymust run to you while crowinglike a rooster.• It is not only hilarious, but it isalso fun for the youth. If youwant to make it last a littlelonger, have it as a relay racebetween the teams of youth.
  8. 8. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.comWhat to Do• Begin by showing the youththe various other types ofgloves, and then ask the youthto identify the various types ofgloves, the purpose foreach, and who might use eachof them?• Explain that the empty glovesare like the lives of youth. Bothyouth and adults try to fill theemptiness in their lives withdifferent things.
  9. 9. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.com• Demonstrate by filling thegloves with various objects. Asyou go through each collectionof items, ask the youth, “Is thiswhat the glove is intended to beused for?”• After you go through theitems, ask the youth what theemptiness in the glove issupposed to be filled with? Ofcourse the answer is someone’shand.• Ask the youth, what can theglove do by itself? Of coursethe answer is nothing.
  10. 10. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.comTake It to the Next LevelMake it Spiritual(Note you might share some of thethings you tried to fill your life withbefore you accepted Christ as youshare the following information:Every person tries to fill their glove(or life) with different things: likemoney, sports, drugs, sex, work, food,money, friends, family, or even churchto find meaning. While some thingsare obviously bad, others aren’tnecessarily bad things, but simply notwhat the glove (life) was created for.In fact some of the things are good inthe right context, but become badwhen they become the primary goalfor our existence.
  11. 11. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.comExplain that those things don’tallow the glove to be used the wayit was created to be used.You can use the example of alcoholas something that may seemfulfilling for a while, but in the endleaves you even emptier thanbefore. (You can fill up a speciallyprepared rubber glove that hasbeen slit at the finger tips so thatall the liquid drains out.)
  12. 12. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.comAt the very end of your examples, putyour hand in the glove, and show howit is now useful and can fulfill itsintended purpose. Explain that a glovecan do all sorts of things – pick up abook, wave good-bye, scratch my head,play golf, work, pat someone on theback. By itself, it can do nothing. But if Iput my hand in the glove… [put it on]…this glove can do almost anything Iwant.Different gloves are created with adifferent intended purpose. But a glovecan do nothing once the hand as beenremoved. It is the same with our lives,in an of ourselves we can do nothing oflasting significance, but with God in usall things become possible.
  13. 13. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.comBlaise Pascal said that we have allbeen created with a God-shapedvacuum that only he can fill. We willonly find true meaning and purposewhen we let the hand of God work inour lives to accomplish his will hereon earth.Make it PersonalWhat are some of the purposes thatGod has for Christians?
  14. 14. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.comMake it PracticalThe easiest way to find thatpurpose, is to yield to God. What is anarea of your life that God has beenspeaking to you about yielding tohim?Ask God to use you this week in a waythat glorifies him and gives you aclearer understanding of his purposefor your life.
  15. 15. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.comScripture ReferencesEphesians 2:8-10“For it is by grace you have beensaved, through faith—and this isnot from yourselves, it is the gift ofGod — not by works, so that noone can boast. For we are God’shandiwork, created in Christ Jesusto do good works, which Godprepared in advance for us to do.”Philippians 4:13“I can do all this through him whogives me strength.”
  16. 16. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.comColossians 1:27“To them God has chosen to makeknown among the Gentiles theglorious riches of this mystery, whichis Christ in you, the hope of glory.”Philippians 2:13“for it is God who works in you to willand to act in order to fulfill his goodpurpose.”
  17. 17. www.CreativeYouthIdeas.comwww.creativeobjectlessons.com2 Corinthians 3:5“Not that we are competent inourselves to claim anything forourselves, but our competencecomes from God.”Ephesians 3:19-20“and to know this love thatsurpasses knowledge—that youmay be filled to the measure of allthe fullness of God. Now to himwho is able to do immeasurablymore than all we ask orimagine, according to his powerthat is at work within us,”
  18. 18. MORE IDEAS? See “Creative Object Lessons”200 page e-book that explains everything youneed to know when planning your very ownobject lessons. It contains 90 fully developedobject lesson ideas and another 200 objectlesson starter ideas based on Biblical idiomsand Names / Descriptions of God.Learn More…Creative Object Lessonswww.creativeobjectlessons.comwww.CreativeYouthIdeas.com