Items needed: Several cotton swabs, large plate, milk in container, food coloring (red, blue, yellow, green), container with dishwashing liquid.
Pour milk onto plate so that it covers most of the plate, but not to overflowing. Explain that the milk represents the world. God wants us to go into all the world and preach the gospel, to share the good news (Mark 16:15). God so loved the world (John 3:16), and people need to hear the good news.
Who is going to tell them the good news? Will they hear it on television or on the radio? Will the President tell them the good news? Will angels give them the gospel? No, God has commanded that Christians (believers in Christ) should share the gospel with others.
Put a drop or two from each food coloring bottle into the milk, at four different locations on the plate. Explain that our world needs coloring, that is, it needs excitement--it needs good news. The colors represent the gospel that the world needs to hear.
Then take a cotton swap and start mixing the colors (not too much, but a little bit). This represents each of us trying to share the gospel with unsaved people. But something is wrong. We cannot do it ourselves. Jesus said, "Without Me, ye can do nothing" (John 15:5). We need the Lord's power. We need to really pray that the Lord helps us in this, because He makes all the difference.
Then take a cotton swab and soak the end in dishwashing liquid. This represents the Lord and His help. Place the cotton soaked with dishwashing liquid in the middle of the plate. All of a sudden the colors will start swirling around and moving around in amazing ways. It's stunning to watch. It shows that when the Lord is involved, He can really make things happen, in a way that we never could on our own.
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