Lesson Learned: Anything is possible when we listen to God.
Materials Needed: construction paper, glue
1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
When Jesus told the men to return fishing, they said that they had been fishing all night long and hadn’t caught anything. At first, they probably didn’t want to go back but instead of disobeying, they did as Jesus said. As a result, they caught so many fish that their boats were sinking. Anything is possible when we obey Jesus.
Does Jesus like it when we listen to Him? Why is it important to listen to Jesus? What does Jesus do for us when we listen to Him?
Cut out a number of fish for the child to glue onto a blue piece of construction paper. The adult may have to cut the fish out for younger children. Older children may be able to cut out the fish shape themselves.
Dear Lord, please help us to listen and obey You when You tell us to do something. We want our lives to be overflowing with blessings just like the mens’ boats were overflowing with fish. Amen!