Lesson 2: God Is Too Big To Notice Me
Children often feel small and insignificant. They feel that they are so small and God is so big. They begin to believe the myth that God is too big to notice them. In this lesson, the children will learn from another small person in the Bible, Zacchaeus. They will learn how Jesus stopped everything to notice a small little man and even asked to come to his house. Zacchaeus became a believer and began to follow Jesus. No matter how small and insiginif- cant we may feel, God is never too big to notice us. He knows every hurt, every care, every concern, and every detail of our lives. We are never so small that God loses track of us. He loves us and cares about our every need.
At Home Instructions
Leader: I am so excited to be here with all of you today. It’s... (all of a sudden “The Hamster Dance” song begins playing. Wacky Wally pops out dancing wildly. He is wearing a helmet and some safety goggles. Music fades.)
Wally: Hey there kids! Hey there buddy, do you have a match I could borrow?
Leader: A match? Wally, why do you need a match?
Wally: Oh nothing, just for my gunpowder.
Leader: Ohhhh okay...wait a second, gunpowder??? Why do you have gunpowder???
Wally: It’s for my cannon!
Wally: That’s right—my cannon! It has come down to this! If He’s not gonna come down here and notice me, I’m gonna come up there!
Leader: Who on earth are you talking about??
Wally: I’ll tell ya who! I’ve been feeling like God is up there in the sky just hanging out and being cool. He’s so big and stuff—and I am apparently way too small for him to notice me. So, I’m gonna shoot myself out of a cannon up into heaven so the Big Guy upstairs will finally notice little ole me!
Leader: Wally, that’s incredibly dangerous!
Wally: No it isn’t, corn-lips! I’m wearing my helmet, see?
Leader: Wally, a helmet is NOT going to protect you from that cannon blast. Besides, you don’t have to do that to get God to notice you.
Wally: I’ve tried EVERYTHING! First I got on top of my roof and yelled as loud as I could! Then I tried dancing around with a bunch of fireworks strapped to my pockets! The only people that noticed me were my neighbors, and they called the cops!
Leader: Good grief!
Wally: That’s what I said! So this is the last straw! Since God is way too big and all the way up there in heaven to notice me, I’m just gonna shoot myself up to heaven and make him notice me! Goodbye, Wally! Hello Capt. Kaboom! Now, help me find some matches!
Leader: Wally, you don’t need a cannon or fireworks to get God to notice you! He sees you all the time, wherever you are!
Wally: What are you talking about, mustard-nose? Compared to God, I’m like a tiny little ant! Or an amoeba! I’m an amoeb-ant! He’d have to use a super powerful microscope, like the Super Peeper 9000, to notice me!
Leader: Wally, God is all powerful! He created the entire universe and everything in it! It’s His job to make it all work!
Wally: What’s your point, ketchup-pants?
Leader: Seeing as He’s all powerful and has to keep track of everything, don’t you think He’d have the power to notice everything going on in the world, especially YOU?
Wally: Why especially me?
Leader: Wally, You are God’s creation! The Bible tells us that God knows absolutely everything about you, even the number of hairs on your head! Of course He notices you!
Wally: The Bible says that? Where?
Leader: Tell you what—why don’t you watch today’s Power Verse video. I think it will help you understand!
Leader: You see, Wally? If you want to get God’s attention, you don’t have to do something crazy like attach fireworks to yourself or get shot out of a cannon! Just pray to Him. He will answer you.
Wally: That’s WAY better than getting shot out of a cannon! Why didn’t you say so in the first place? I would have exploded like a Pinata! Now I know that even though I’m really tiny and God’s really really big, He sees me wherever I go! Now I gotta find something better to do with this helmet! OOH! I know JUST what to do!
Leader: What’s that?
Wally: Extreme Lobster Wrestling! I’ll see you later! BYE KIDS! (Wally exits as his theme music plays)
Choose three boys and three girls to compete in this quiz game. Take turns answering the questions. The kids are given a list of two different items. They have to determine which one is bigger in size. Some of them are common items that the kids are familiar with. Others of them are crazy items that the kids would have no idea which is bigger. It’s all about teamwork to decide which of items are bigger. The team that gets the most answers correct wins!
Write the number of gumballs down and put it in a sealed envelope.
(pull out the jar of gumballs) Look at this big jar of gumballs, kids. How many of you would like to win this entire jar of gumballs? (Pass out slips of paper to the kids and have them guess how many gumballs are in the jar. Tell them the one closest to the correct answer will win it. Gather the answers and award the winner). How many of you had a hard time trying to guess how many gumballs were in the jar?
It’s pretty difficult to do, huh? Thinking of how hard that was to figure out, now think about how amazing our Power Verse is today— “And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.” –Matthew 10:30 That means that God knows exactly how many hairs are on each of our heads. That’s the kind of attention He pays to us. How amazing is that?
Sadly, many people do not believe that God cares about us that much. They don’t believe that God pays that much attention to us. They have an idea that God is too busy naming the stars, swirling the planets, and taking care of all the affairs of the universe to pay any attention to little old us. They believe the MYTH that “God Is Too Big To Notice Me!”
One of those people back in Jesus’ day was a man named Zacchaeus. He’s who our Bible Lesson is about today. There are two things you should know about Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a little man and Zacchaeus was a rich man. And nobody liked him very much. Okay, that’s three things.
Nobody liked Zacchaeus very much mostly because he got rich taking money from other people and giving it to the Romans. They called it "collecting taxes." Some of the money he gave to the Romans -but lots of it he kept for himself. That’s how he got rich. People didn’t like that very much—so they didn’t like Zacchaeus very much either.
Zacchaeus lived in a city called Jericho. One bright, sunny day, Zacchaeus looked down the dirt road that came into Jericho and saw a crowd of people coming his way. Somebody told him that the crowd was following a very famous man named Jesus. Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus. The only trouble was, everywhere Jesus went there were always crowds of people all around him - and remember, Zacchaeus was a little man. He knew that he’d never be able see over a great crowd of people
Zacchaeus tried to push his way through the crowd, but everyone wanted to see Jesus, and they wouldn’t let him through. What could he do? He wanted to see Jesus too! But, he was convinced that Jesus would never notice him. After all, he’s too small. He’s just a little bitty tax collector. Jesus would never take time to notice him.
Then Zacchaeus turned around and saw a sycamore tree growing right beside the road Jesus was walking along. Zacchaeus had an idea! He ran on ahead and climbed up the Sycamore tree. He didn’t care if he looked silly or not. He wanted to see Jesus! Sure enough, Jesus stopped right under the sycamore tree. Zacchaeus thought to himself, “Finally. I get to see Jesus. Too bad He will never notice me. Why would He ever notice me? Not only am I small, but I’m a loser. Nobody likes me. Jesus will never notice me.”
Just then, Jesus looked up, and there was Zacchaeus peeking through the branches. Jesus called out to him, “Zacchaeus, come down from there.” What? Jesus called Zaccheaus by name? Zacchaeus didn’t tell Jesus his name. How did Jesus know his name? The answer is the same for Zacchaeus as it is for us...
Jesus knew Zacchaeus’ name because God is the one who created Zacchaeus. God also created each and every one of you. He knows your name. He has known you since before you were born. Before He formed you in your mommy’s tummy He knew who you would be. Never believe the myth that “God is too big to notice me” because not only does God notice you, but He knows your name. And, not only does He know your name, but...
God knows every detail about your life. He knows how tall you are, what your favorite foods are, what makes you mad, what makes you happy, and even how many hairs are on your head. God knows everything about you and He is interested in you.
Jesus called out, “Zacchaeus, come down from there.” Zacchaeus probably thought he was in big trouble now. After all, if Jesus knew everything about him, then He certainly knew all the terrible things He had done—the stealing, the lying, the scheming. Jesus is probably about to get very mad at Zacchaeus, right? Not at all. Jesus said, “Zacchaeus, come down from there. I must go to your house today.”
Zacchaeus was shocked. “Coming to my house? Really?” All of a sudden, Zacchaeus slid down the tree trunk all the way to the ground. When he hit the ground, I bet he danced a little jig. Jesus was coming to his house. But, there were some people who weren’t very happy. They said, “This man is a sinner. He lies and cheats people. Obviously Jesus doesn’t know what kind of person he is.” But, they were wrong, weren’t they? Jesus DID know what kind of person Zacchaeus was and He wanted to come to his house anyway.
Zacchaeus heard what the people were saying about him, and he must have known that they were right. So he said, “Listen! I will give half of everything I have to the poor! And if I cheated anyone, I will pay them back four times as much!”
Jesus was going to be a guest at his house. And what do you do when you are expecting company? You clean things up! That’s just what Zacchaeus did. Only he cleaned himself up on the inside first. Zacchaeus wanted to make things right for Jesus. He was so happy that Jesus wanted to come to his house, he wanted to make Jesus happy too.
And Jesus WAS happy! Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Today salvation has come to this house! “Your life was all wrong, but now it is all right. You were lost, but now you have been saved! That’s why I am here. I came to find and save the lost!”
Zacchaeus was a little man, but now he felt ten feet tall! Jesus wanted to come to his house. Do you know what, boys and girls?
Now, I don’t mean Jesus wants to come to your front door and come in your living room. I mean, Jesus wants to come into where you live—your LIFE. He wants to be your best friend, your Savior, your Lord. Is God too big to notice you? No way! He notices you and He loves you sooo much.
(hold up the jar of sand) Remember how we tried to guess how many gumballs there were? How hard do you think it would be to guess how many grains of sand are in this jar? Impossible, right? Well, how about if we tried to guess how many grains of sand were on all the beaches in the entire world? WHOA! Really impossible. Well, the Bible says in Psalm 139:17-18, “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!”
Boys and girls, God wants to come into your life so much that He can’t stop thinking about you. He notices you, He loves you, and He wants to come into your life and stay. For many of you, He already lives in your life. For others, today is the day for you to open the door of your life and invite Him in.
(Play soft music) Allow those who need to invite Jesus into their life to do so. Pray for those who feel “small” like Zacchaeus and don’t feel like God notices them. Pray that they will see themselves the way God does.
What was today’s Big Idea? Answer: I Am Small, That May Be, But God Knows And Cares About Me!
What was Wally trying to do in order to get God to notice him? Answer: Shoot himself out of a cannon
What “crazy” myth did the Mythbusters bust today (not the spiritual one)? Answer: If you pour salt on a dog’s tail, it will fall off
What was the name of the short little man in today’s Bible story? Answer: Zaccheaus
True Or False: God notices everything about us. Answer: True
What did Zaccheaus do in order to see Jesus better? Answer: He climbed a tree
When Jesus noticed Zaccheaus, what did he tell Zaccheaus to do? Answer: Come down from the tree so they could go to his house
Today we learned that God knows _______________ about me. Answer: Everything
We also learned that Jesus wants to come to your _______________. Answer: House
Where was our Power Verse found? Answer: Matthew 10:3