OBJECT LESSON GOAL:
Teaches the need for others and service.
I Peter 4:10 - “As every man hath received the gift, [even so] minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
Two clean combs.
There are so many lessons that Jesus taught recorded in the scriptures, but I always wonder how many other stories He told that didn’t get written down. He seemed to be able to take all kinds of things, a mustard seed, a lost sheep, a fig tree and find ways of teaching important lessons with them. Well today I brought a couple of combs, and let’s see what we can learn from them.
I will need a couple of helpers. (Bring them up) Now each of you gets one of these brand new combs to use. What I want each of you to do is get your hair combed, but there is something I need you to do, or more to the point, don’t do. You see, I don’t want you to bend your elbows. You’ve got to keep your arms straight out. (Demonstrate) Okay, start combing. (The helpers will find that this is an impossible task)
This seems to be difficult for each of you. However there is a very simple solution. Let me share with you a story that makes a point that I think will help you both in this process.
A man had a dream that he went to a place where there were two banquet rooms. In the first he saw that there was a table filled with some of the most delicious food, but that everyone sitting around the table was sad, and no one was eating. You see, like in this task I gave you, they couldn’t bend their elbows, so they couldn’t feed themselves. All this wonderful food just sitting there and no one could enjoy it.
Then the man went to the second room, and there too he found a great table filled with food, and also a room full of people who couldn’t bend their arms. However, they were happy and all eating. You see, they were doing something that the other room wasn’t doing, they were feeding one another. They couldn’t get the food in their own mouths, but they could feed every other person and every other person could also feed them.
The first room was sad because they were selfish. The second room was happy because they were helping each other. So now I will give you the same assignment, I want each of you to do is get your hair combed.
(Now they will comb one another’s hair) Even though they couldn’t comb their own hair, that didn’t make them useless to comb each other’s. It’s like in the Bible when it talks about using the talents we have in I Peter 4:10. There Peter shares that whatever talents you may have, you are to use them to help others.