For His Glory
1 Cor. 10:31; Ps. 19:1
God made the world and us for his own glory.
- Children shall recognize that God created all things for his glory.
- Children will know that talking about God’s glory means talking about how great and good God is.
- Children will understand that glorifying God is like reflecting, pointing to, or shining for Him.
THINGS YOU NEED
- Night Light or Flashlight
- Pictures of Nature/Sceneries
Lay down all the materials on a table or place them inside a basket. Ask the child to name each item as you show them one by one. You may ask an older child what each item can do or what each item is for.
A mirror can show us what we look like. A pair of binoculars can give us a better view of someone at a distance. A night light or flashlight can light up a dark room.
Our third catechism lesson teaches us the reason why God made the us and all the world around us. Laying on the foundational truths about their existence as created beings is extremely important to children during their tender years. The catechism asks and answers:
Q3: Why did God make you and all things?
A: For his own glory.
Introduce the third catechism, and excitedly inform the child you’ll find out what these three things have to do with the lesson.
The Bible teaches us that God created the world and us for his own glory. When we talk about God’s glory, we are talking about how great and good God is.
Show a picture of a beautiful nature scene, like a forest or mountain. God made the whole world—the blue sky, the bright sun, the raging rivers, and the little birds that sing. Listen to what Psalm 19:1 says:
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
The sky and the mountains glorify God. They show people how great and good God is. They remind us that God created all things. Not only that, God made us for his own glory, too.
We are to be like mirrors that reflect how good and great God is. We are to be like a pair of binoculars that gives a clearer view of what God is like. We are also like flashlights that shines the light of Jesus in this dark and sinful world. We are made to glorify God. The Bible teaches us in 1 Corinthians 10:31:
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
In everything we do, we are to show others how great and good God is. This is why God made us.
- Why did God make you and all things? For his own glory.
- What does it mean to glorify God? To show others how great and good God is.
Sometimes, we are not very good reflections, pointers, and sources of light. We have sinful hearts, and they keep us from glorifying God. But God solved the problem of sinful hearts by sending His Son Jesus to come to earth, and live like us. Jesus became a man, and always glorified God. Jesus lived a perfect life and died on the cross to take the punishment that we deserve for our sins. If we follow and trust in him, God will forgive us our sins and teach us how to glorify Him. In fact, Jesus Himself said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12, ESV)
Create a pair of binoculars using tissue paper rolls to bring home the lesson about glorifying God.
Tape together two toilet paper rolls side by side. Cut a strip of paper approximately 3×11 inches wide. Let your child decorate the paper as desired with tape, markers and the like. Wrap the decorated paper around the pair of toilet paper rolls and secure on the underside with more tape. Hole punch the outside of both rolls and add a strap using cording, rope or string
TP craft photo and instructions is taken from Raising Arizona Kids.
Another thing you could do is to share about the life and ministry of Augustine, the church father. As a young boy, he was full of mischief—he stole pears from his neighbor just because he enjoyed doing wrong. But his mother prayed for him regularly until one day, God saved him and he became a bishop.
Augustine wrote books that God used to help many people understand the Bible. In one of those books, he wrote: “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” That means, the purpose why God made each of us is to glorify Him. If we’re not doing showing others how great and good God is through our words, thoughts and actions, we are not doing what we were originally created to do.
- Ask Me Whooo, Vol. 1 (Track 1) by Diana Beach Batarseh [Music]
- “God Made Me” (Track 2) by Judy Rogers [Music]
- “Why Did God Make You and All Things” (Track 15) by Songs for Saplings [Music]
- Augustine of Hippo (Christian Biographies for Young Readers) by Simonetta Carr [Book]
- Big Truths for Little Kids (Chapter 1) by Susan Hunt & Richie Hunt [Book] – available in the Philippines via Katecheo PH
- Cassie & Caleb: Discover God’s Wonderful Design (Chapter 3) by Susan Hunt & Richie Hunt [Book] – available in the Philippines via Katecheo PH