Use this object lesson on temptation to teach kids how to flee from temptation.
Object Needed: Doorknob
Big Idea: Run away from temptation.
We've included the text for this object lesson below and we even recorded a video to help give you ideas for how to teach it. Enjoy watching!
Temptation Object Lesson Script
Have any of you ever seen a doorknob out of the door? It’s a pretty fascinating piece of hardware. The knobs or handles on either side are just part of this amazing little tool. The two knobs are connected by a bar called a spindle, and that spindle runs perpendicular through a much thicker piece of metal that sticks out the side of the door. This piece is called the latch, and when the door is closed, the latch slides into a hole in the doorframe, which holds the door in place. When you turn the knob or handle, the knob pulls the spindle back into the door, which in turn pulls the latch and allows you to open the door.
Long story short, there is no way you can “accidentally” open the door, is there? If you want to open a door, what do you have to do? You have to put your hand on the knob, turn it, and then open the door. Doors cannot open by accident, and they do not just open by themselves.
Let me ask you another question: How many of you, when confronted with something you did wrong, have ever said, “I didn’t mean to” or “It’s not my fault” or “It was an accident,” when it really wasn’t? We live in a culture that doesn’t like to take responsibility. People who do bad things like to blame their actions on their parents or friends or unfortunate circumstances.
But what did we learn from the doorknob? There are no “accidents” when it comes to making choices. We make the choice either to open a door or not to. It’s no different with sin. Sin is an intentional act that we choose to do or not do. There are no accidents, no excuses.
No one can force you to sin. Either you give in to temptation and open the door or you listen to the Holy Spirit and resist temptation. Do not merely resist, but flee from that door and never go near it again. It’s your choice, and only you can decide what to do.