God's Greatest Creation
TEXT: Genesis 1:26-31
Justin had been working for quite some time with a big drawing tablet and a set of marking pens. He was busy drawing some kind of plans. His mom looked over his shoulder and asked, "What are you drawing, Justin?"
Justin held up his drawing so his mother could see it better. "I'm inventing a robot, Mom! I still need to make a few changes on this, but when I'm done it's going to be the neatest machine ever made. See? It has arms that swing, legs that run and skip, and hands that write and carry things. It can see, and hear, and smell, and taste. When I finish, I'll call it 'Justin's Greatest Creation.'"
His mother laughed, "Justin, your machine has already been invented!"
"Oh, c'mon, Mom!" Justin's look was disbelieving. "I've seen the kind of robots they sell at the stores. None of them can do the things my robot will do."
"Come here, Justin." His mother led him over to the mirror in the hallway. "Look there! Arms that swing, legs that run and skip, hands that write and carry things. You can see, hear, smell, and taste."
''You're right, Mom!" Justin grinned and said, "God is the greatest Inventor of all time!"
"And guess what?" his mother continued, "God's robot comes in a whole bunch of different models. The one right next to you does all the same things, but it is taller and has brown hair instead of red."
"And every model made is a special one-of-a-kind!" Justin said, "Right, Mom?"
"That's right, Justin," she nodded. "Now, it's fun to think of us as robots that God created. But we are really more than that. We were made in the image of God. That is something very special because that makes us God's greatest creation. Everything else was made especially for us to enjoy. God said that man would be in charge of all the animals. Remember, God even told Adam to name each of them.
"And something very unique about each of us, Justin, is that we can worship and love God! None of the rest of God's creation can do that."
Justin held up his drawing again. "Well, it's a pretty good drawing, but nobody can do a better job than God can," he said. "I'm thankful that God was such a good inventor, aren't you, Mom?"
The human body is one of the greatest wonders of God's creation, and in our next lesson we will be focusing on how God created us and breathed into us the breath of life. Emphasize to your child that we are the only living thing made in the image of God.
How thankful we should be for our bodies. Have your child examine his hand. Talk about the skin, the muscles, the blood, and the bones ... how wonderfully they all work together.
Your child would enjoy making a life-sized portrait of himself. Spread a large piece of white butcher paper on the floor, and have your child lie down on it. Trace around him with a heavy black marking pen. Then allow him to draw in the details of his clothes and features, and color it.