Philippians 3:2- 14 (a letter from Paul)
2 Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must [do something] to be saved. 3 For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly [doing right] . We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, 4 though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even mor 5 I was [a "good boy" since I was] eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. 6 I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault. 7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. 10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead! 12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Preface: In this verse i cut out "circumcision" because the verse really isn't about that, it's about "doing something". Plus explaining the subject and history to a 3 1/2 year old... is well challenging. :)
Activity: Have a race including 2 to 3 simple chores. The racers that completely finish win. Talk about our lives and that God wants us to run for him. "Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us."
Art project: paint, thick paper, and a pencil. Draw a map in the shape of the letter R with your pencil. Then have them dip 2 fingers into the paint and have a finger race along the path of the “R”. Do several times. (Keep or Hang the “R” on your garland it is a part of the in the EASTE”R” banner.) Then let them run their fingers on other fun places like old newspapers or magazines old cardboard boxes. Talk about the race of life and following God's path for our life.
Food: Have their food and then their favorite dessert on the table and ask them if they could only have one thing to eat which would they chose. Then read the verse and explain." 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ." When we see how wonderful God really is we will want HIM more than anything else. Just they counted everything else as garbage in order to get to the dessert. God wants us to chose Him above everything else.