Upper Elementary

Young and Gifted

Lesson 11 

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Winter 2019-20

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By: Nance Keyes 

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February 09, 2020

Lesson Focus:

We all have abilities to use for God.

Bible Basis:

Matthew 25:14-29

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a video about a talented 11-year-old violin player as they consider using their interests and abilities in service to God and others.

Memory Verse:

There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
—1 Corinthians 12:5

Step 1:

Students will watch a video about a talented 11-year-old violin player as they consider using their interests and abilities in service to God and others.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

At 11 years old, Tyler Butler-Figueroa received the golden buzzer on the stage of America’s Got Talent when he played his violin in 2019.   

Share the following video with your students [5:58]:
Tyler Butler-Figueroa Golden Buzzer Audition AGT 2019 

  • What do you think Tyler had to do to get his music to the point of public performance? (Answers will vary; lessons, practice, try over and over.)

Not everyone is going to have the same talent as Tyler, but everyone has special abilities and interests. 

  • When do you think a person’s talent, ability, or interest is “good enough” to be shared with others? (Answers will vary.)

In considering your abilities and interests, if you had to choose one from each of the following sets of activities, which would you prefer to do and why? Feel free to share briefly a favorite experience when you have performed that activity.

Sports, art, or music?
Cook, build, or sew?
Read, write, solve math problems, work on a computer, or complete an experiment?
Laugh, hug someone, or wrap a present?
Organize a room, cheer up someone who is feeling down, help someone with homework, or talk to someone on the phone?

 We each prefer to do certain things more than we like to do others. We each have abilities where we perform better in some areas than others.

  • If you have an ability in a certain area that hasn’t been mentioned yet, tell us about it now. (Answers will vary.)

From what you have shared, we have a group of students with a number of interests and favorite things to do. Today’s lesson is going to be exciting, for we are going to discover that God has a plan for us to use these things for His purpose.

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
  • Heart template printouts (1 per every 2 students; template found here)
  • Pens/pencils
  • Scissors
  • Offering plate

Print one heart template per every two students. Template found here contains four hearts; cut printout in half, so you can give two hearts to each student.

Now that we know we need to use our God-given talents to serve God and others, we can make a commitment to help us follow through with that. Even if we are unsure of how to use our abilities, we can commit to offering them to God’s service. Through prayer and conversations with those who may know of opportunities, we can determine what we should do with what we have been given.

  • What might hold you back from using your abilities to serve God and others? (Answers will vary; fear, being shy, uncertainty of having abilities, not knowing where or when to use them, not feeling that the abilities are all that great, etc.)
  • Who can you turn to, to find out how, when, or where to use your gifts or abilities? (Answers will vary; God, parents, teachers, pastor, friends.)

Distribute supplies.

To show our love to God, we will use hearts to represent our commitment to serve God with the abilities He has given us. Begin by cutting out the two hearts. After they are cut out, write on the back of one heart an ability you have that you would like to use to serve God and others. You may not know the how, when, or where to use this ability. That is okay. You may feel shy about using your ability. That is okay, too. Write your name beneath the ability and offer a silent prayer asking God to help you know what to do and to

give you the strength to do it. Fold the heart in half, with your words on the inside. Make another heart with the same words.

As we listen to this song of commitment, and if and when you feel ready, come place one of your hearts in the offering plate to make your commitment to God. Make sure your students do not feel forced to participate.

As the students make their commitments, play the following video [2:52]:
A Gift To You

This week, use the remaining heart as a reminder and as a prayer guide, asking God to show you how to follow through on your commitment to use what He gave you for His service.

Close in prayer thanking God for giving us interests, talents, and abilities. Ask God to reveal to your students any opportunities to use them.

After class, use the hearts from the offering plate as a guide to continue to pray for your students. Also consider opportunities for service in the church that correspond to their commitments. Make them aware of opportunities as they come up.

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