Object Lessons

Max and Mike

Objects: Two Match boxes, an imitation ciga­rette, a small flask-shaped bottle filled with vinegar, a card marked "Show Ticket," an imitation playing card, and a card on which is written, "The Word of God." (Outline a heart on the end of each box. Color one heart black, and the other white. Cut a door in each heart.)

I want to introduce you to two of my friends, Max and Mike Match Box. They look like twins. These brothers look alike, but one is a Christian and the other is not. I can tell by looking at the heart. Max's heart is clean, while Mike's is black.

Max, having received Christ as Saviour, gladly receives the Word of God. (Slip the tray out far enough to allow the card marked "The Word of God" to slip down back of the heart and to be wedged against the end of the box.) When I open the door to his heart, you see printed "The Word of God." Mike does not want to accept Christ as Saviour, and receive the Word of God into his heart.

Notice what happens when temptations come along. They do not get into Max's heart, because he has the Word of God in his heart, and is kept from yielding to them. But it is different with Mike. When this cigarette comes along, he receives it. It is an easy thing to take the show ticket and whisky, when his heart has not received Christ and the Word of God.

If boys and girls would receive Christ as Saviour, and would hide the Word of God in their heart, they would be able to resist temptations.

Max reminds me of Peter's advice in 1 Peter 1:15: "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation."

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