Early in your lesson on confidence, help your children make these two measuring charts, which are similar to traditional growth charts.
The first chart represents the way the world evaluates us. It’s very tall, illustrating that it’s impossible for anyone to reach the world’s standard of perfection. The second chart shows how God “measures” us. It’s very short, because everyone who makes the choice to accept Jesus “measures up.”
You’ll need the following supplies:
2-3 sheets of poster board
To make the world’s measuring chart:
how much money we have (show dollar signs or coins and bills)
where we live and the kind of house we live in (show a beautiful home)
attractiveness and how we look (show a beautiful smiling face with bright white teeth or an attractive model with a muscular body)
how good we are at sports (show someone playing sports)
how smart we are (show a brain)
how many friends we have and how much fun we seem to have (show a group of friends having fun together)
the kind of car we drive (show an expensive sports car)
how many toys we have (show many fancy toys)
the kind of clothes we wear (show brand-name clothing).
To make God’s measuring chart:
People often evaluate us based on how we look, how much money we have, the kind of house we live in, our athletic ability, how smart we are, how many friends we have, how much fun we seem to have, the kind of car we drive, how many toys we have, and the kind of clothes we wear. But many of these things are beyond our control. It can be very discouraging to try and “measure up” to all of the world’s standards.
In contrast, God “measures us” based only on things we can control. We cannot change our looks, or our inborn talents or abilities, but we do have complete control over the attitudes of our hearts. The Bible tells us that people look at the outside, but God looks at what is in our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7).
God loves everyone and offers each person an opportunity to be part of His family. God looks for people who love and respect Him and who have humble and sorry hearts. God lets us choose whether or not we will obey His commandments in the Bible and whether or not we will ask Him to forgive our sins and invite Him to be the leader of our lives.
We are all born sinful, but through Jesus becoming the sacrifice for our sins, we can have our sins forgiven and be seen by God as “righteous” (2 Corinthians 5:17,21). We don’t have to be “good enough” to be forgiven by God. God just wants us to humbly admit that we do bad things (that we are sinful) and that we need His forgiveness and His Spirit living in us to make us like Him – loving and righteous.
1 Samuel 16:7
“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’ ”
Isaiah 66:2 “
‘Has not My hand made all these things, and so they came into being?’ declares the Lord. ‘This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at My word.’ ”
“He answered: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
“Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God . . .”
2 Corinthians 5:17,21
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! . . . God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”