Yep, it’s been a busy past year, but I am finally settling back into a little writing. 🙂 I just finished an object lesson using colorful candy such as M&Ms or Skittles to help students understand just how special and unique they are to Jesus. It’s a lesson each of us probably need to be reminded of from time to time.
Many of us remember this song from childhood –
“Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red, brown, yellow
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world.”
In reality though, no one’s skin matches anyone else’s perfectly. We are a creative and beautiful variety of colors, shades and tints. Like the M&Ms or Skittles, our skin, the way we look is just the candy shell; what’s really important is that God has created each of us in His image and to be filled with the the sweetness of His love. Our value comes from Him, and He says we are worth His only Son’s life!
A beautiful Bible verse written by David is Psalm 139:14 –
“I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
David points out that we have been made – “wonderfully” – the Hebrew word there ‘Pala’ (paw-law) translated means “to distinguish, put a difference, show marvelous, separate, set apart, sever, make wonderfully”.
David realized God had made him unique…different…a “one-of-a-kind”, and that was a wonderful thing! There is and never has been nor ever will be another me…another you! God never makes a duplicate! Even twins have differences!
Just as M&Ms and Skittles are all different looking on the outside with their various colors, so God has created us each unique and special.
We all look different, yet we are the same in that God created each of us to be filled with His love.
M&Ms are filled with chocolate – yum! Skittles are filled with sugary sweetness! And we are made to be filled with God’s love – even better! Without the chocolate, an M&M is just a fragile shell with really no taste. Even so, we, without God’s love, are fragile and empty too.
1 John 4:9-16 “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”
Also, because of how M&Ms & Skittles are made, they are easily shared with others. God’s love is made to be shared too! We can share His love by sharing Jesus!
1 John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us.”
Here’s the lesson on my website .
Thanks for reading!
– Susan 🙂