Teaching children to do things from their hearts, to do their best (Colossians 3:23).
Teaching children that God’s Heavenly home (His Church) is being built, where we are busy bees working for God.
Teaching children to first work hard & then play.
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” (Colossians 3:23)
God is building a Heavenly House (His Church), where we are the living stones, as it is written in 1 Peter 2:5 (“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ”) and where Jesus Christ is the chief corner stone (Ephesians 2:20). In this House, God chose himself a zealous people (Titus 2:2:14). Explain to the children what it means to be zealous (not slothful/lazy) and how most things in life are gained through hard work. For example, school, getting a degree, learning to play an instrument, building something, etc. We were created for God to live in us and to be a part of his Heavenly Home. This is why we are like busy bees working for God! Which means we always seek to please God and not people. During our lesson, one of our helpers, who plays the violin at church, shared her personal experience how she works hard to play for God, to praise Him with her talent and instrument, versus seeking praise for herself (pride) from people. When we do these children’s lessons, we are also like busy bees working for God and we do it from our hearts. And whatever we do, we should do from our hearts, for the Lord, and not unto people! So busy bees, let’s get busy! 🙂
Construction paper (preferably yellow, to represent the honeycomb), crayons, scissors (optional, if you prefer to glue your honeycomb onto a decorated piece of paper), and bees (can be stickers, drawn bees, or printed out bees). We bought our bee stickers from MICHAELS.
Depending on your age group, begin by drawing a honeycomb for each child on the construction paper. You can use either plain or decorative construction paper.
Try to make the honeycomb large (take up most of the paper) and structurally look like a home, to represent God’s Church.
Have the children color in and decorate their honeycomb.
After the honeycomb has been drawn and colored, have the children draw or glue many busy bees on and around the honeycomb, to represent busy bees working for God.
And because we were good busy bees, after this lesson, we surprised the children with a treat! Since we also learned that it is good to first work hard and then play. We emphasized this lesson by giving each child their very own cup to decorate, so as to represent their own “cup of tea”. In other words, after you are busy bees at home, working hard, helping your parents, you can then sit back, relax, and enjoy your own “cup of tea” (doesn’t necessarily have to be tea). 🙂