Siri, Bananas and Seeing God
3 Verses That Help Kids See God
The other day my oldest son (3) walked up to me, and while offering me my phone with an outstretched hand said, “Daddy, Can you show me what God looks like?”
It stopped me in my tracks! Primarily because my boy already understands that he can pull up a picture of nearly anything on the supercomputer that I carry in my pocket, but also because a 3 year old is already asking to see God.
As a parent or someone who works with kids, what do you do with that?
“Uhhhhh…Hey Siri, show me God?” (Don’t do this. It’s scary!)
Instead, I’d like to offer up 3 Bible verses that can help you guide a healthy conversation on seeing our “invisible” God.
- Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this.”
- Kids understand bananas, apples and grapes. In place of trying to describe an old man with a white beard sitting on a throne, START WITH FRUIT. This verse tells us that God’s Spirit produces FRUIT that looks like LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS AND SELF-CONTROL. There’s no need to tackle all of these fruits at the same time. Simply point them out to your kid(s) as you see them in your life. When you notice someone who is joyful…stop and take a moment to tell your kids that what they are seeing is part of what God looks like. When your child treats their sibling gently, thank them for showing you what God looks like.
- 1 John 4:12: “No one has ever seen God. If we love each other, God remains in us and his love is made perfect in us.”
- Let me go ahead and say verses 7-21 in chapter 4 are all great for this conversation (check them out), but I’ll keep it simple.
- Explain to your kid(s) that God can’t be seen like everything else in the world can. The Bible tells us that God is love(vs. 8), and His love (God) is made perfect IN US! Instead of teaching kiddos to only look for God around them, perhaps you encourage your kids to believe that God reveals himself THROUGH THEM when they show other people love.
- Galatians 5:14: “All the Law has been fulfilled in a single statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
- Finally, make God’s presence come to life for them. When a child asks where they can see God, ask them when they feel the most loved…or what makes them feel loved. Once they’ve respond to that question, challenge your kid(s) to begin doing those things for people around them. God is love, and your kids have the power to make God visible by loving others around them.
This is by no means and exhaustive list of God revealing verses, but they start a healthy conversation with your kid(s). I want to encourage you (as caregivers of kids) to keep your eyes open for God’s Spirit on the move in your own life. Know that you carry the image of God inside of yourself…and that’s something that Google will never be better than you at. Now go show your kid(s) and the world what our amazing God looks like!