Selfies (self-taken photos of yourself) are all the rage these days, with adults and kids. While everyone is making duck faces and snapping pictures of themselves, here’s an object lesson you can use!


selfieForgetful Selfies

  • Topic: God’s law shows us our need for a Savior.
  • Supplies Needed: A cell phone with a camera; photos of people taking selfies (optional)

Begin by polling the children with the question, “How many of you like to take selfies?” Explain what a selfie is, for those who may not know. Ask,
“Whose parents like to take selfies?”

Continue with the object lesson by saying something like this: “I want you to imagine if someone loved taking selfies, not because they liked taking pictures, but because every time they took a selfie and stopped looking at it, they forgot what they looked like.” Act out taking selfies and forgetting what you look like. Make it funny and enjoyable to the kids. You may also choose to show pictures of people taking selfies. Explain how weird/crazy that would be.

Say: “Or what if, instead of selfies, someone had to keep looking in a mirror, because every time they stopped they forgot what they look like.”

Act this out in a funny way.

Say: “The Bible actually talks about someone like this. God says that He wants us to be doers of His Word. He wants us to not just hear it but obey it and make it part of our every day lives. God compares someone who hears His Word and doesn’t do it like someone who looks in a mirror and then forgets what he looks like.”

Read James 1:22-25:

“But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror. For he looks at himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works—this person will be blessed in what he does.” (HCSB)

Say: “You see, if we hear God’s Word and what His law says and don’t do it, it’s like we are forgetting all about how we look in God’s eyes. But when we hear God’s Word and obey it, we can see exactly what we look like to God. We are reminded that we are sinners and that we need a Savior. We need Jesus in order to be forgiven by God and to be seen as holy to Him. As we are continually reminded of this, we will be challenged to obey God every single day.”

If you’re like me, you may enjoy teaching with object lessons but sometimes struggle to think of the perfect one. Click here to check out some great resources for object lessons for kids.

What do you find easiest and most difficult about teaching with object lessons? Leave your thoughts below!

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.