Intervention and Orange Juice | UMC YoungPeople
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February 2018

Intervention and Orange Juice

By Betsy Marvin

Life and sin get so mixed up that it can be hard to pull them apart. Sometimes, we need an outside source to help us identify the things in our lives that are contrary to what God is calling us to do and be. This illustration can help students connect the idea of intervention and removing sin from their life with a powerful visual (and refreshing drink!). If you’d like a full lesson on intervention, check our wilderness at Intervention (

Straining Pulp illustration Illustration:

Pour a small amount of heavy pulp juice into cups for students and have them drink it.

  1. What do you think about this juice?
  2. What might make it better?

Now pour juice through the micro-strainer into a bowl or pitcher, and have them taste the juice again. Think of it like this: Pulp is the “junk” in our lives that hinders us from fully living for Jesus so we need help – intervention (pour juice through the strainer) to remove the junk (pulp should be visibly in the strainer) so that we can live free of it (pure orange juice in cups).

Betsy has worked with students for over 26 years and has served at Cornerstone Church in Caledonia, MI for nineteen of those years. Currently, Betsy is the Director of Family Ministry while still holding the high school ministry hat. Betsy also teaches women’s ministry at Grace Bible College as an adjunct professor. Betsy has been married for 29 years with a son in college and daughter in high school. In her free time, she enjoys reading, laughing with her family, and date nights!