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What's on the inside?

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What's on the inside?
Steve Severance
Submitted By
Uncle Steve Severance
Submitted On
January 1, 2008
Last Modified
January 1, 2008

A guessing game: You can't always trust outward appearances.


Lay a table with various objects on it. Each object should have a number.

1. Chocolate candy wrappers filled with tissue to make them look normal

2. Candy hidden inside napkins

3. Bananas pre-sliced (see Pre-sliced Banana)

4. Coin inside duct tape ball

Ask the kids to each choose an item by number. Don't let them touch them. When all have chosen, give each their item, wait for responses.


Discuss the following with them:

Jesus is able to see everyone as valuable because He looks deeper than the surface (1 Samuel 16:7).

People are often different then what they look like.

Possible Parallels

Candy wrappers—Those who look good but are full of nothing;

Candy in napkins—those who look homely but have a sweet treasure inside;

Pre-sliced Bananas—Everyone knows that you don't eat the peels, they don't taste good. Sometimes when you look under the peelings in someone you find a surprise;

Coin in tape ball—what some people call trash can still contain value.

Related Scripture

1 Samuel 16:7

"But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."