Salt and Sugar

An object lesson for Sabbath school teachers and youth leaders.



Salt and sugar look very similar. In fact, in the picture above, one shaker has salt, and the other sugar. Can you tell the difference? 

How do we identify salt by sight? You know people in your life who are salty. When we ask youth to identify which shaker has the salt, about 50 percent of the time they can't tell the difference until they... taste. 

We can't go off of first impressions. We have to get closer. Are the first impressions you have of someone reliable? Have you ever been wrong about someone? 

Young people have routinely said, We can all "look" like the right thing, but you can look like salt and still be something else. We have to get close to really understand. 

1 Samuel 16:7
"But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

What are your thoughts about this object lesson? Do you see other applications to this illustration? Respond to what the young people have said.