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Made for a purpose
Many Christian students today don't know who they are in Christ. They have an
identity crisis.
identity crisis
1. A psychosocial state or condition of disorientation and role confusion occurring
especially in adolescents as a result of conflicting internal and external experiences,
pressures, and expectations and often producing acute anxiety.
2. An analogous state of confusion occurring in a social structure, such as an institution
or a corporation.
This describes many Christian teenager in the United States today. Teenagers
get mixed messages all day long about the most important issues in life. They
hear one thing at home and at church, but a completely different thing at
school and among their friends. They don't know who they are as a child of
Objective: For students to understand that what makes them who they are is
based on who God is and what the purpose he has for their lives.
ACTIVITY: Guess the object.
Students will see that what makes up an object is more than its physical

- Small objects like a tennis ball, small toy, apple,
key, etc..
- Brown paper lunch bags.

Place objects in individual bags and seal them.
The youth leader should go first and demonstrate this activity.
Use a cell phone.

The leader describes the objects physical appearance only.
Do not say what it is or what it's purpose is.
'It's hard, small, gray (or whatever color it is) it has moving part (flip phone),
it lights up, it has numbers and letters on it, etc..
Let students guess. Let the winner go first if He/She wants to.
Pass out bags.
Give the students some time to think about its qualities. Then have them one
by one describe it. The can't say what it is or tell what it does, only what it
looks or feels like.
Allow all the students that want to participate take their turn.
WRAP UP: What we know about these items from this activity is what they
look, or feel like.
Is there more to know about these items?
Grab a tennis ball.
This ball is soft, elastic, fuzzy, etc.. But does that describe all that there is to
this ball?
What is the intended purpose of this ball?
How do you know?
Allow response, lead class to understand that it was made by someone and
designed for a specific purpose.
Fight the urge to explain the correlation between the ball having a purpose and
God creating us with a purpose. Let them come to the conclusion during the
next activity.
It would be a good idea to put away the bags and items from the first
activity unless you want things thrown around the room.

Students will create something.
IMTEMS NEEDED: Molding clay or play-doh, craft sticks, string, tooth picks
etc.. (random items are good. The creativity of the
students will come out)
Pass out the items.
SAY: Now you will have the opportunity to make your own creations.
You are to make something, what ever you want. Be able
to tells what it is and what it is used for.
Read Jer. 18:1-10
Give students 10 minutes or so to create.
As they are working tell the story of Jeremiah and the potter
Jer. 18:1-10
Jeremiah the prophet goes down to the potters house to receive a message
from God. God showed Jeremiah as the potter can work the clay on the wheel
and make it into what ever he wants to so God can do to Israel. For us today, it
means that God can and wants to form us into something useful in this life. We
are not just accidents that have no purpose, but rather we are made for
something special that God has for us.
When they are finished, have volunteers tell what their creation is it's
purpose .
We learned today that things have characteristics and those characteristics
make up what the thing is, but those observable characteristics don’t make up
fully what the object is.
A thing is only a thing unless it has purpose. You created something that is not
merely an object, but it has purpose. It was created for a reason.
He made you with a purpose in mind.
Jer 1:5
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you
apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."

Lesson 2
Why am I different?
Objective: For students to see that though they may be different they are made that way
for a purpose that God has for them.
BIBLE STORY: Ehud the left handed Judge. Judges 3:15
ASK: Have you ever looked at yourself and wondered why you were different.
Some people are different, or so they think, from the rest of their peers. Someone may have red
hair and everyone else seems to have brown or black. You may be short or very tall, you may
have some other kind of difference that really bothers you, but should it?
As we have seen in recent lessons you were made by God. He created you, and as the saying
goes, “God does not make mistakes.’ We may not like what we see in the mirror, but God likes
what he sees. Today we will see how God made us the way he wanted us to be, even when we
don't understand why.
ACTIVITY 1: Invent a device to solve a problem.
Could be individual students or in pairs or small groups
Materials: Task cards, Box of supplies.
The supplies could be:
Rubber bands, a rubber chicken, a ruler, role of tape, screw driver or other tools, rope, a
banana, computer parts, a paper cup, aluminum foil, molding clay craft sticks, etc. (Remember be
creative in your materials, you want students to remember the lesson)
Instructions: The students will take the materials and invent a device that can preform their task. They
can use their imaginations and give the materials and their inventions what ever powers or abilities they
want them to have. Remember it is their invention, the point of the activity is that their inventions
performs a specific task only it can do.
Pass out ”Task Cards.”
Allow students 10 – 15 minutes to invent.
When they are done allow them to share their creations that will preform the task. It may be good to
give them a time limit on their presentation, some students may go on and on.
SAY: These inventions are awesome. You made them because you had a specific task
that needed to be done and only your invention would be able to do it.
Your invention is unique, It is one of a kind, and it has a purpose.
Today we are going to look at a man in the book of Judges named Ehud.
Background of story.

Judges 3:13…Getting the Ammonites and Amalekites to join him, Eglon
came and attacked Israel, and they took possession of the City of Palms. The
Israelites were subject to Eglon king of Moab for eighteen years.
Israel was taken over by King Eglon and they suffered for 18 years. The Jewish people finally
cried out to God and he provided a deliverer, a judge that would free Israel.

Judges 3:15…Again the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and he gave them a
deliverer‐‐ Ehud, a left‐handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites
sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab.
Why would the fact that he was left handed be so important that it would be mentioned here?
There is a reason.
Did you know that most people are right handed? Only about 15% of the population is left handed.
Look around, everything is made for right handed people. Hand tools, machines, even doors were
designed for right handed people.
Try opening a door. If your left handed you grab the door knob and your arm crosses in front of you
attempt to walk through. Not a big deal, but it shows how we live in a right handed world.
In the Bible there is a man named Ehud, who was a lefty.
It may not seem that big of a deal until you know the whole story. He was part of the tribe of
Benjamin. Benjamin interestingly means, “Right handed.” So here we have a guy who is from the
tribe of right handed people and he is a lefty. Awkward! Talk about being different. Talk about
feeling odd and misplaced in life.
BUT! He may have been different among his family, but he was exactly what God wanted. No one
else could do what he could do and did do. We will get into that later..
The next activity will reinforce this fact.
ACTIVITY 2: Weaker hand relay.
To show students that only a left handed person could have done what Ehud did.

Materials needed:
Task 1 Piece of paper with a circle drawn on it and scissors.
Task 2
Task 3 A piece of paper and a pencil for student to write their name.
Task 4 A coloring page and crayons.
And tape.
Instructions: Wrap the dominate hand of each student with tape so that it can not be used. Set up

stations around the room for each task. Allow students to go to each station and perform the task with
their weaker hand.
After activity
It was difficult to perform a task with your weaker hand. No one did a good job because we used our
weaker hand. God needed a left handed person for freeing his people from an evil king. How? What
can a lefty do that a right handed person can’t? As the story goes, Ehud took a tribute or sacrifice to
the king who was ruling over the Jewish people at this time.
Judges 3:17…He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was a very fat man. 18 After Ehud
had presented the tribute, he sent on their way the men who had carried it.
Check this part out
Judges 3:20…Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his summer
palace and said, ʺI have a message from God for you.ʺ As the king rose from his seat, 21 Ehud reached
with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the kingʹs belly. 22 Even the
handle sank in after the blade, which came out his back. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat
closed in over it.
Ehud went there not to pay tribute to the king, but rather to kill the evil king, and to free the Jewish
Ehud had a weapon on him, a 1 ½ foot long double edge knife. Now just like today if you want to see
the President you will be search and searched again for any weapons before gaining access to Him.
Now in Ehud’s day it was no different. People were searched before seeing the King. So how did
Ehud get the knife passed the guards? REMEMEBER Ehud was left handed. To conceal a knife it
would be strapped to the left thigh of a right handed man. BUT Ehud was left handed, so he strapped
the knife on his right thigh. When people were searched guards always checked the left thigh, because
remember most people are right handed.
God used a left handed man who was probably made fun of as a child because of being different. But
God made Ehud that way for a reason.
God made you the way that he wants you to be for a reason. We may not know the reason,
but remember God does not make mistakes and he loves you the way he made you. Best of
all, he has a plan for your life that only you can accomplish.

What makes you, you!
Purpose: This lesson builds on the idea that we were made for a purpose in life. Students will learn
what makes them who they are is more than their personality and abilities. Who they are is rooted in a
relationship with God. It is knowing who God is and what he has planned for your life.
The story of Paul is used to show that to be the real you, you must follow Gods plan for your life.
Bible story: Background. Saul (Paul's name before his conversion) came from a wealthy Hebrew
family. Saul's father was a Pharisee and Saul was trained to be one also. He was trained by the best
and was on his way to being superstar in the Jewish community. He was very zealous for God and
directed his life in serving God in the way that seemed right to him. The problem is that what he had
planned for his life was not what God had for Him. He was doing life his way and it lead him to do
some pretty bad things to the early church. He was at Stephens stoning in Acts 7, and he was seeking
permission to arrest Christians in Damascus and take them back to Jerusalem to stand trial. He looked
good from the outside, a man who had it all, but he was not the person God had designed him to be.
Saul was not being the real Saul...yet.
ASK: What makes you, you?
Allow response.
What makes us who we are is a combination of our personality, likes and dislikes, who our parents are,
our background experiences etc… But also and most importantly, it is knowing God and being the
person that he created us to be.
ASK: Why is knowing God important to knowing who we are?
Allow response.
SAY: Lets get into our first activity as we think about that question.
ACTIVITY: Lead me! (10-15 minutes)
Items needed: Obstacle course to walk through and a blind fold.
Purpose: To see that when we do life our way and ignore God and his plan it is like being led by a
blind person
The student who will go through the course will remain silent and only move when instructed to by his
or her partner. No matter what directions are given the student is to move according to his partners
directions. The catch is that that the one to wear the blindfold is the one giving directions. (keep that a
secret) It may be a good idea to move some items around the course after the student giving the
instructions has put on the blindfold on just in case he or she has memorized where some of the items
are on the course.
The students should become frustrated because it is impossible to be successful.

Lead the students during the activity to see that doing things wrong, like being led by a blind person, is
foolish and will end in failure.
Allow each group to attempt it. Make sure you move around the items on the floor each
How did that go for your group?
Why was it hard or frustrating?
This activity shows us that when we try to do things our way it will end in failure. Going through life
and not being led by God we are headed for disaster.
Look at Saul’s life before He met Jesus. He was a Jewish leader who thought He was doing God a
favor by persecuting Christians.
Read the passage.
Acts 9:1-2
In Jerusalem Saul was still trying to scare the followers of the Lord, even saying he would kill them.
He went to the high priest and asked him to write letters to the synagogues in the city of Damascus.
Saul wanted the high priest to give him the authority to find people in Damascus who were followers of
the Way. If he found any believers there, men or women, he would arrest them and bring them back to
ASK: What was Saul’s life full of? (Hatred, bitterness etc..)
Do you think that the person that Paul was before knowing Jesus was the “real” Paul?
Paul's anger and hatred for the Christians kept him from being who God made him to be.
Activity 2 Doing it right
Purpose: For the students to see how doing it right is the way to be successful. When we do things
right by allowing God to guide us and shape our lives for his purposes then we will be the people that
he created us to be.
The students will attempt the course again, but the one wearing the blindfold will be the one going
through the course. The student giving instructions will be able to see and lead him/her through.
As they are doing the activity make comments how they are successful due to the person giving the
directions can see.
ASK: Why did we blindfold the one going through the course?
Allow response

The blindfolded person represents you and me. Even though we can physically see, without God
leading us we are going through life as a blinded person. We must allow God to lead us and direct our
steps in life so that we will become what he created us to be, if you don't you will never know who the
“real you” is.