Learn a Magic Trick
- 1 clear glass container
- 11 raw eggs
- 1 hard boiled egg
- optional - a Spoon and a Plate
I need a volunteer that likes hard boiled eggs. (select one to come on stage) I'm going to let you select one of these eggs, but you have to understand a couple things before we start. First, you have to break the egg on top of your head. Can you handle that? I can help you there if you need it. Second, only one of these eggs is hard boiled. The rest are raw. (pause for reaction).
All of these eggs look alike. Don't you wish you could see what's inside before you take your pick? People are like that too. You can't tell what a person is like inside by just looking at the outside. There's a story in the Old Testament that tells about that.
God told Samuel to go to Jesse's house and select one of his sons to be the king of Israel. When Samuel saw the oldest son, Eliab, he thought "He's tall and strong - he looks like he'd be a good king."
|But God told Samuel that Eliab was not the right person. He said "Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart." He knew that Eliab's little brother David had a heart that loved and trusted God, and that was what he was looking for.|
But we can learn something about a person's heart by the way he behaves. The Bible says that anyone who hears and obeys God's word has a good, solid foundation, but the person who can't decide who to trust is unstable in everything he does.
You'll be glad to know that this is true of eggs, too. We can find the hard boiled egg by its behavior. Put the egg on a hard flat surface and give it a spin. (You may want to put the egg on a plate to spin it.) If it's solid, it will keep on spinning for awhile, but if it's raw, is stops real quick. (have the volunteer spin the eggs until he finds the right one) The raw egg is like the person who isn't trusting completely in God. It's unstable, and can't keep going.
But the solid egg is like the Christian who knows that he can always trust in God, and lives by His commands.
Now, let's check out your egg. (have the volunteer crack the egg on his head, or you can rest the egg on his head and tap it with the bowl of a spoon. The latter method won't hurt his head.) There! You found the solid egg. Just to demonstrate that the rest of these are raw, pick any other egg and we'll break it into this bowl. (show the raw egg in the clear bowl). Remember, God knows what is in your heart. Trust Him, and let Him be the Lord of your life.|
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