What About It?
In the video about Paul, we saw that he used to do some pretty bad stuff, like putting followers of Jesus in jail, or even trying to kill them! You probably haven't done anything like that, but the truth is, we've all done things that were wrong and didn't please God. Those things are called sin.
Sin makes it so that we cannot be with God. But I have good news for you: God loves us so much that He wants to be with us anyway! He forgave Paul and changed him into a new person. Now, Paul didn't become perfect, but he did become a follower of Jesus. God even changed his name from Saul to Paul to show that he was different! You don't have to change to your name, but God will forgive you and make you new if you ask Him to!
Let’s do a little activity that will show us how He does that.
You will need:
A hard boiled egg (ask an adult to help you!)
A dark colored marker
Start by looking at and feeling the egg. What does it look like? What does it feel like? Now take the marker and write down some of the sins you see in your life. Do you ever tell lies? Take what isn’t yours? Say or do things to hurt other people? These are all sins.
Now look at your egg again. Not only does it feel hard and sort of rough, it probably looks pretty dark. This represents us without God.
Now for the good news, though! God came to Earth as a human named Jesus. He lived a perfect life and died to take the punishment for our sins.
Now start to peel the shell off the egg. Look as your sins and the hard-outside peel away. When we ask God to forgive our sins, this is just like what He does for us. He takes our ugly sins away!
Now look at your egg. It is white, smooth and soft. When you believe in God, He helps you to become a new person. That means every bad thing we've done in the past is gone, and He gives us a new purpose.
Pray that God will show you what His new purpose is for you.
Where to Find It:
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!"