Denise Day Spencer

January 7, 2007

Children’s sermon: Humanity–human nature

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 9:02 pm

Another object lesson based on the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible.

SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:9

OBJECT: a piece of lettuce and a piece of meat

We talked last time about what it means to be human, made in the image of God. It’s a very good thing to be created in God’s likeness. But today I want to tell you about something else it means to be human.

Ever since sin entered the world, we have been much less than what God created us to be. We have what is sometimes called “human nature” or a “sin nature.” The Bible sometimes calls this simply “the flesh.”

This doesn’t mean we can never do anything good. Of course you know people who do good things, and you do good things, too. It does mean that ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed God, every part of who we are and what we do is touched by sin. Human nature always wants to do what it wants to do. We want to do what we think will make us happy. We often rebel against God, because we always put ourselves first.

Let me give you an example. I’ve got a piece of lettuce here, and a piece of meat. If we were to bring in a dog and offer him both, which would he choose? That’s right, the meat. If we were to bring in a rabbit and let him choose both, which would he pick? Yes, the lettuce. Why will the dog always want the meat and the rabbit always want the lettuce? Because it’s in the dog’s nature to want meat and in the rabbit’s nature to want vegetables.

When you offer human nature a choice between doing what it wants to do and what God wants it to do, it will choose its own way. Nothing we can do on our own will ever change that. But God can change our natures and make us new! In Romans Paul says, “You…are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.”

When the Spirit of God controls us, He can make us more and more into His own image. And that’s what we were created to be.


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