James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before our God and Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” ASV.
In a recent study of James 1:27 in class, I used this easy object lesson to visually depict staying unspotted from the world.
1 clear glass
2 clear medicine cups
red food coloring
3 cotton balls
What We Did:
I had the materials and put water in the glass ahead of time.To begin, I demonstrated that we have pure (clean) water and cotton balls.
The clean water is the world before sin. When sin entered the world, in contaminated it.
Put in a drop of red dye.
From then on, man can’t exist in the world without being “spotted” by sin.
Dip one clean cotton ball in the water. Pull it out, showing the red dye on it. (I use the second medicine cup to hold it after this).
So how can we live “unspotted from the world” as in James 1:27?
We need protection.
Lift the medicine cup with two cotton balls stuffed in the bottom (two so they will stay put when upside down).
Hold it exactly upside down, and push it into the red water. Don’t tip it so the air keeps the liquid out.
Pull the cup back out, straight up, and show the students that these cotton balls aren’t contaminated.
Why weren’t they red? Because they had protection. The air in the cup, which isn’t visible, protected them
Discuss how the Holy Spirit, our faith, the armor of God, foregiveness and other unseen elements protect us from the evil in the world.