Unless your children are living in a farming community, I bet most of them have never heard of the concept of gleaning. Gleaning is really just a fancy term used to collect what remains of the collection of a field. For example, when a farmer collects his field of corn could leave your neighbors or strangers in need into his field and gather or collect what he has left behind.
Here is a lesson that will help your children learn the importance of becoming good of all that gleanersGod gives them through "fields" such as prayer and Bible study.
I like to turn my object lesson in something I call 3-Point Sermons for children. This lesson focuses on the Scripture passage in Ruth 2:17, which says: "So Ruth gathered in the field until evening." (NIV)
Here's what you do:
The object that will be used for this lesson will be a basket.
When you get to step 3, you might want to have some pictures of various Bible stories or verses that you can insert in yourtrash.
Keep your truck and ask the following questions to stimulate discussion.
1. What I have in hand? (Wait for responses such as "a basket".)
2. What is a basket? (Wait for responses such as "you carry things in it.")
3. Why a farmer never use a basket? (Wait for answers. If they have a difficult time explaining that a farmer could use a basket to collect the food that he grew up.)
4. Ask a child to read Ruth 2:17. (I used the NIV version).
5. Sayfollowing: "This verse shows us that God wants us to become gleaners as well off as Ruth had been learned three important points on this truth.."
You know what it means to "glean in the field" mean? It 'really just a fancy term used to collect what remains of the collection of a field. For example, when a farmer collects his field of corn could leave your neighbors or strangers in need into his field and gather or collect what he has left behind. Gleaning little has been donelittle.
Now the field of God photo. God does not have the vegetables in his field. Instead, his camp is full of prayers and Bible verses that He wants us to eat so our spirits will not grow tired or weak. Just like your body needs food, your spirit needs food too. Here are some ways you can go to glean in the field of God
1. Good gleaners collect their food little by little. Prayer can happen gradually. You may need to pray for some peopleand situations for a long time. Be sure not to give up praying. God hears every prayer is prayer.
2. Good gleaners keep my eyes open in this field. This means that you should pay special attention to each verse of the Bible you read.
3. Good gleaners collect everything they find. This means that you should not only listen to the lessons of the Bible that keep your interest. You should try and learn to understand all the Word of God
4. Good gleaners make sure they hold on to allhave collected. This means you should be careful to remember what you learned about God
5. If you are hungry for God, a wise gleaner go and learn everything you can about him.
After class is over, you could have the children create a basket of construction paper and have them fill their baskets with written Bible verses and titles of stories they have heard. You could write them on the handles Ruth 2:17. Have fun!