One time in Children's Church
I was teaching 5-7-year-olds
on the Temptation of Jesus.
I asked the kids if they had
ever been tempted and to
tell me what it meant to
They all chorused yes to
being tempted, but it was their
definition of temptation that I
"Temptation is when your mummy
puts a box of sweets on the table,
tells you not to touch, but
the devil tells you to take it".
I asked if they'd take it and
As simple as that definition was,
I liked it. I wanted them to
understand that temptation comes
from our desires
So I asked them, what if
the box of sweets was replaced
with bitter leaves, would the devil
ask them to take it as they
claimed, and if he did, would
they take it?
They all giggled and chorused "Nooo!"
I asked why, and they responded
"Because we don't like it.