This Little Light of Mine

Child’s activity describing how the Light of the World shines through Christ–followers

Things you’ll need:
Carving pumpkin
Candle and match or lighter
Knives and other carving tools (to be used by adults)

Faith Talk:
This activity is a Christian object lesson or a parable. When we become a new creation in Christ, the Light of the World lives within us. Consider how the parallels of pumpkin carving compare to our new life in Christ.

1. Choose a pumpkin. God loves you individually and chooses you to be in His family. John 15:19: “You are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world.”

2. Cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin and remove. When we become a Christ follower, we open our hearts and lives to Him. Jesus loves us just as we are even through He knows we have done wrong things. Romans 5:8: “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”

3. Remove all the seeds and slime. Jesus carefully removes all the “yucky stuff” (sin) from our inside. Seeds of doubt, anger, hate, greed, selfishness and fear are thrown away. Romans 6:6: “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives.”

4. Select a pattern for a new “face”. Jesus removes the sin and gives us a new heart that desires to be like Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17: “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

5. Carve a smiling or other joyful signs into the face of the pumpkin. Psalm 71:23: “I will shout for joy and sin Your praises, for you have ransomed me.”

6. Place a candle inside the pumpkin and light it for all to see. 2 Corinthians 4:6: “For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.”

Jesus is the Light of the world and we as Christ followers show His light to the world.

In the same way, let your deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father

Matthew 5:16

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