Thursday, July 5, 2012

What's Your Price?

Start with prayer!

Play pricing games— like on The Price is Right gameshow

1. Make poster board with spots for each of the five items you have on the table (candy bars, hair ties, etc.,) underneath the words write down some numbers.  The contestant has to guess out of those numbers the correct price of the item.  Example, a candy bar might cost .79 cents.  on the place card in front of the candy bar put  a  7 a 9 and a 5 in random order.  The child has to be able to guess that the correct price of the candy bar is .79 cents, not .75 cents or .95 cents.  They can win that item they got correct or give them a piece of candy.

2. $100.00 bill bean bag toss.  Using a green posterboard and make it look like a $100.00 bill.  Cut out large holes for a bean bag toss, one on each corner and a few in the center.  Place five everyday food items on a table.  Place 3 place cards with prices in front of each item.  The contestant gets a bean bag if they guess the correct price of the item.  The holes of the bean bag toss will have listed the prize they will (lg. Candy bar, $1.00 bill, 3 or four holes that say a piece of candy, etc.)



What did you think of our little pricing games?  Wonder what they have to do with church or God?  Yes, I bet you are a little confused!  Well, it’s been said that everyone has a price.  Just like the items on our table up there which can be bought at the local store by customer’s who desire them, we (people) also have a “price”.  Everyone can be bought, so it’s been said.  

Scripture text— Zechariah 11:12-13 Matt. 26:15-16

Judas had a price.  It was a mere 30 pieces of silver that won him out.  What’s your price?  How much money would it take for you to betray Jesus? $100,000/$1,000,000?  How much? How much would it take for you to give up this truth?

Scripture text— Gen. 25:29-34

It only took a little bowl of lentils for Esau to give up his inheritance.  The satisfaction of a temporary hunger won out.  Esau lost everything, including heaven, for one morsel of meat.  Hebrews 12:16—Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

Remember Adam and Eve they traded paradise for one bite of the forbidden fruit.  

So I ask what’s your price?  What would it take for you to give up Jesus?  Would it be fortune, fame?  What about beauty or LOVE?   The devil really wants to know this.  He’s bidding for you every single day.  He sets temptations in front of us everyday.  Offering up the very best he has.  He shows off scantily clad beautiful woman and tells us that’s true beauty. He tells us that we can have that if we would trade in our modest apparel.  If we would just cut off our glory for that ohhhh so cute hairstyle donned by this weeks superstar magazine model.  

He flaunts those who’ve made millions and makes us believe they don’t have any problems because they can buy whatever they want.  He says we can have it if we would only boot our integrity and honesty out the door.  We could lie, cheat and steal (or sleep) our way to the top.

Ohh and what about LOVE.  Everyone is looking for LOVE. For someone to fulfil their life.  The devil sends that ohhhh so cute, dreamy bad boy our way.  Oh yes you can have him if you really want him, but you have to give up all dignity and moral decency for him.  

So what’s your price, I ask?  The devil’s looking for your price!  He believes that everyone can be bought.  That there is something out there that will catch your attention and that will steal away your affections.  

What do you think?  Does everyone have a price? Let’s find out.

Scripture text— 1 Kings 21:1-3 1 Kings 21:4-15

King Ahab must have heard the ol’ saying “everyone has a price, everyone can be bought” because he tried to buy something that wasn’t for sale.

King Ahab wanted Naboth’s vineyard, but Naboth was not willing to sell.  Not at any price.  Naboth stood for what he knew was right and would not be bullied into selling out.  Not even to the king.  Unfortunately Naboth was killed for standing up for what was his.

Scripture text— Gen. 39:1, 7-20

Potiphar’s wife sure wanted Joseph and she offered herself to him but Joseph would have no part of it.  He knew not only would it ruin his standing in the kingdom and that if he was caught it would mean his death, but more importantly he knew this affair would rob him of his relationship with God.  Something he just couldn’t afford to lose.  He did go to prison, but he still had his dignity, purity, honesty, integrity, clear/clean conscience, and his God.  

You see not everyone can be bought although many (mannnnnnny) fall into Satan’s trap and sell out to the temporary pleasures of this world.

Don’t sell your soul to the devil.  What you get for it will never be enough. Besides we are not for sale.  We don’t own ourselves.  Jesus purchased us with the price of blood.  He allowed himself to be crucified so that Satan couldn’t have us.  So don’t allow Satan do your bidding.  Don’t sell out to the empty wealth of this world.  

We must hold onto this salvation that Jesus paid so dearly for. 

Play a worship song.  Pray and worship.

Memory verse: Proverbs 23:23—Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

If time:   Memory verse review— James 4:7 James 4:8a Heb. 11:1

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