What’s an image? A picture of something or something that looks the same as that thing. A photo of someone is an image of the that person. (Sometimes we call this a “likeness”)
Last week, we talked about how we are God’s special treasure. This week we are going to take a little more time to talk about that.
Let’s start by praying.
Jesus, we thank you that each one of us is your special treasure. We’re so glad that you love us. Help us today to hear your voice speaking to us in our hearts. We give you all the things that are distracting us from feeling and believing your love today. We welcome you to come and fill us up with more of your love and peace.
- Knowing that people are God’s favorite creation is special. How are people different from animals? We are made in God’s image. We have abilities, talents, ability to communicate our feelings. We have a soul and a spirit. God made us like Him. (He didn’t make the animals like Him, just us.)
- How does it make you feel to know that you are special to God? Is everyone special to God? Yes! Each one of us was made in God’s image. He made us to look like him, so that other people to be able to see us and think of Him.
- You know what’s super interesting about looking like God? We all look different, but we all look like God. Think about that. We all look different. We have different sizes and shapes. Some of us have curly hair, some have straight. We have all different shades of eye color and skin color. Some of us have freckles, moles, birthmarks, beauty spots, bald spots and all sorts of interesting things.
What is something extra interesting about you?
- With all of our differences, somehow, we ALL LOOK LIKE GOD! Our different interests, hobbies and talents all look like God too. How can it be that people so different can all look like God?
- Think of it this way:
- What is something that you like to do? List anything.
- Does everyone like to do that thing as much as you? Probably not.
- Does everyone have to like it as much as you do? No.
- Why not? Because people like different things.
- Does what you like show what God is like? Probably! How? If you like to paint, or do crafts, it shows that God is creative. If you like to do sports or work hard, it shows that God is strong. If you like to be with friends, it shows that God likes to be with people. If you like quiet, it shows that God loves the quiet, peaceful times. If you like to organize things, it shows that God plans things out. If you love to run and jump, it shows that God has lots of energy.
- How about these things?
- If you are kind, you are showing that God is kind.
- If you are patient, you are showing that God is patient.
- If you are gentle, you are showing that God is gentle.
- If you are helpful, you are showing that God is helpful.
- If you are get upset when someone else is hurt, it shows that God is just.
- What are some other ways you act that show God’s image?
- There are SO many different things about God that He shows through people. We can learn what God is like by watching for the good things in each other.
- When someone is very different from you, you can look for God’s image in them and you will find it! Each person is special and valuable and shows what God is like.
Do people always do things the way God would?
No! We all sin, which makes it hard to see God’s image. It looks cloudy, like a foggy mirror. We all need Jesus. When we put our trust in Him, He changes us to show His image more and more! (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Want to go deeper?
Get your Bible and look up these verses: John 13:35, Romans 12:4-6a, Romans 12:9-16. They are good examples of how we can love people and show God’s image more clearly.
To our Parents and Guardians: The Bible Project has some fantastic companion resources for our lesson this week for you, or for older children. If you’d like to explore the idea of God’s IMAGE and JUSTICE in more depth this week you can check them out here (image) and here (justice).
Let’s Do: Rock Painting
What you need:
- Some rocks (smooth pebbles work best) – maybe go for a walk and look for them as a family if you don’t have any at home.
- Paint (tempera/poster paint or acrylic).
What you do:
- Decorate your rocks by painting some words that describe God’s image (ex. kind, creative, funny, gentle, loving, peaceful, happy, just, strong).
- Put them along a path in your local park or neighborhood or place them where people will see them when they walk by your house.
- Take a picture and tag @egckidschurch – we can’t wait to see what you create!
Alternate Activity: (if you don’t have rocks or paint, or need something less messy!)
Use sidewalk chalk to decorate your driveway or sidewalk with words that describe God’s image. Then post a photo and tag us or email it to ECG Kids! We’d love to see it!
Tip for memorizing your verse this week:
- Grab a ball and go outside.
- Bounce the ball back and forth with a sibling or a parent, saying one word at a time until you’ve learned the whole verse.
- If the ball rolls away, start over!
From the EGC Kids team: Today’s lesson is a good reminder for each of us – to see ourselves, and those around us, the way that God sees us: as image bearers of the King of Kings. With that in mind, there are a few things we should pray about today.
- Ask God to help you to show His image clearly. If there are things in your life (sins) that you know are making His image look cloudy to other people, ask Him for forgiveness and help.
- Ask God to forgive you if we’ve forgotten to look for His image in other people. Ask Him to help you to see Him in other people.
- Thank Him for making you in in His image. Tell him the things that you love about being a person and being you. He wants to hear it – after all, he created you and He loves you very much!
Parents/guardians, bless your children with this blessing:
I bless you to always see God’s image in those around you without judgment. I bless you to live a life that is a light in the darkness and a clear reflection of the character of God. May you never lose sight of the goodness of God.