Upper Elementary

What’s Your Treasure?

Lesson 13 

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Winter 2019-20

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By: Nance Keyes 

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February 23, 2020

Lesson Focus:

God wants us to treasure Him more than anything else.

Bible Basis:

Matthew 13:44-46

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access
  • Optional: Bag or box filled with cell phone, cash, and credit card, fast food container, earbuds

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a video about hidden treasure as they identify what our treasures reveal about us and will chart a plan to treasure the things of God.

Memory Verse:

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
—Matthew 6:33

Step 1:

Students will watch a video about hidden treasure as they identify what our treasures reveal about us and will chart a plan to treasure the things of God.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Optional: Bag or box filled with cell phone, cash, and credit card, fast food container, earbuds

Show the following video [3:43]:
Searching for Hidden Treasure in Michigan

The 125 families in the Michigan Treasure Hunters group search for relics that will give them insight into history. The items in their treasure chests reveal something about the lives of the people who once owned them.

  • What might a Mickey Mouse watch reveal about the person who once owned it? (Answers will vary; the person liked Mickey Mouse/Disney; the person liked fun things rather than flashy or fancy; the person liked to know what time it was; the person wore a watch, etc.)

The Michigan Treasure Hunters enjoy finding such things as gold and diamonds, but they also like to find coins, pins, and other treasures from the past. Imagine a group of treasure hunters living in our town 150 years or more from now. What might their fun-finds reveal about us and what we treasure?

If you filled a bag or box with treasures before class, present that now. Pull out each item as you talk about it. If you did not fill a bag or box, simply call out the names of various items as you ask the following questions.

  • Money and credit cards are definitely part of modern life. What might this treasure reveal about us? Do you think people today treasure money or just use it to survive? (Answers will vary.)
  • What a fun-find—a cell phone! What conclusions might people of the future make about us when they find this treasure? (These people like technology; like to keep in touch; like to feel connected; like to play games and use aps; maybe they are too busy or live too far away to get together in person, they value expensive cell phones, etc.)
  • What might this fast food container reveal about what is important to people? (Answers will vary: Liked quick food, quick service, eating on the go, taste rather than nutrition, getting what we want when we want it, not having to wait, not having to sit at the table and eat with the family, was in a hurry, didn’t like to cook, etc.)
  • What might these earbuds reveal about what people treasure? (Answers will vary; this person loved music or audio books, liked to tune out what was going on around them, lived where it was noisy, etc.)

That is a small sampling of what the treasure hunters in 2170 might find in our town. Let’s see if we can come up with an even longer list of treasures. Think about your daily schedule, where you are and what you do at various times on each day of the week.

  • If you dropped something you use at home on a weekend, something you really like, what might that be, and what will the treasure hunters learn about you? (Answers will vary.)
  • If you dropped something when out with your friends at school or elsewhere on a weekday—something you like a lot—what might that be, and what will the treasure hunters learn about you? (Answers will vary.)
  • If you dropped a list of things you want to have more than anything else in the world, what would that list reveal to the treasure hunters who find it? (Answers will vary.)

The things we own, the people we enjoy, and the activities we choose to spend time on are what we treasure in 2020. Let’s be treasure hunters this morning and look back  to what Jesus explained about treasures.

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • God is My Treasure Map printouts (1 per student; template found here)
  • Pens/pencils

Before class, print out enough of the treasure map templates so that each student has a copy.

In today’s lesson we learned that we should treasure God above all else.

  • If a treasure hunting group in the future looked back on our lives, what would they find that shows them we treasured God? (Answers will vary.)
  • Would they find anything that shows them we treasured God above all else? (Answers will vary.)
  • What changes can we make to give God first place in our lives? (Answers will vary.)

Earlier you thought about your daily schedule, where you are and what you do at various times on each day of the week. Let’s revisit that idea as we create a “God Is My Treasure” Map.

Distribute treasure maps and pens or pencils.

Next to each day, write something specific that you do on that day of the week—something different from the other days. This can include people you get together with, activities you participate in, games you play, and so forth.

  • How can we deliberately seek God’s kingdom as our main treasure when we are doing what we do each day of the week? (Answers will vary; ask God to help us show His love to those we are with; ask God to help us honor Him in the way we act during a game or event; ask God to help us want Him as much as we want something we are buying, etc.)

On your “God Is My Treasure” Map, next to or beneath what you wrote for each day, write how you can deliberately seek God’s kingdom and treasure God first at that time. 

Roll up your treasure map. Each morning this week, unroll the map, look at the treasure hunt words for that day, and remember to do what you wrote. 

You may want to play this music video in the background as your preteens work [3:04]:
Seek Ye First – Maranatha! Music [with lyrics]

Close in prayer asking God to help us put Him first before anything else we might treasure.

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