MAINTIANING VALUE
OBJECT LESSON GOAL:

This demonstrates that no matter what we have been through, we are still valuable in the eyes of the Lord.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE:

Psalms 139 verse 14 it says, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made...”

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

A new unwrinkled $20 bill, a pencil, a nice envelop, and a decorated box.

MESSAGE:

Each of you is special to God. Each of you is unique. Each of you is wonderfully created. I have here in my pocket a piece of paper. I just wonder if any of you would like to have it? Let me get it out. (Pull out $20 bill) Here it is, would anyone like to have it? (Hands will go up everywhere)

Why do you want it? It is just a piece of paper. (Wait for responses) So you know it has value. Interesting! Well, I know the reason you want it is because it is brand new. Hang on a second. (Crumple up the bill) Now it isn’t all new, so does anyone want it now? (Hands again will go up). But it is all wrinkled. You want an old wrinkled bill?

(Remove a pencil from you pocket and put a mark on the bill) Now the bill is marked up so now no one wants it right? (“Yes we do” will be the chant). Really, but it isn’t perfect.

(Tear a small corner from the bill - and retain it to tape back together later) Okay, now it is ripped and incomplete...so now it isn’t worth anything to anyone...right? (“yes it is” they will respond)

Now wait a minute. I’ve crumpled the bill, it has been marked up, and a piece has been removed but it still is valuable to you? How much is it worth? (“Twenty dollars”) Twenty, well lets see if we can make the bill more valuable. (Pick up envelope) I will put it in this nice envelope, so now what is the bill worth? (“Twenty dollars”...you may need to encourage the response on this one so they follow where you are going with the example) It is still worth the same even though it is this nice envelope?

(Pick up decorated box) What if I put the bill inside the fancy box? (Do so) Now how much is the bill worth? (“Twenty dollars”) Is it sStill only worth twenty?
Let me see. Brand new - worth twenty dollars. Wrinkled - worth twenty dollars. Marked up - worth twenty dollars. Torn - worth twenty dollars. Put it in an fancy envelope - worth twenty dollars. And then placed in a fancy box - still only worth twenty dollars.

You know, you are right. It is worth the same no matter what happens to it. Did you know that is how God sees each of us. It doesn’t matter if we look perfect, are old and wrinkled, scarred, or have had something happen to us, He still values and love us just the same. Likewise if we dress ourselves fancy or live in a big and beautiful house, God doesn’t love us any more or less. No matter what we do, or what happens to us, He knows each of us is worth more than any “thing” in this earth.

In the Bible in Psalms 139 verse 14 it says, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made...” God didn’t make junk when He made each of you, he made you wonderfully. That’s a GREAT thing to know. You are so valuable to God, and we should all realize that about ourselves and others. Nothing in the world is more important than others.

And you know, I think I’ll put this bill in the offering plate (Or if not at church say that is what you are going to do...and if you say it do it) so that it can be used to help others. And I think that is what I want to do with my life as well. Give it in service to others. And you know, I think I’ll put this bill in the offering plate (Or if not at church say that is what you are going to do...and if you say it do it) so that it can be used to help others. And I think that is what I want to do with my life as well. Give it in service to others.

How about all of you, do you want to serve God by giving your lives to His service? I sure hope so.

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