Lesson Learned:  God is more important than money.

Materials Needed: sewing needle

Bible Verse:
Matthew 19:16-24
16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
   17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”
 18 “Which ones?” he inquired.
   Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”
 20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
 21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
 23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Talking Points:  All people like thing; you really like your (insert child’s favorite toy); mommy really likes (insert something mommy really likes), and daddy really likes (insert in something daddy likes).  It might be really hard for you to give those things up. However, God is more important than all those things. Some people really enjoy having money, making money, and buying things with money.   They feel like it makes them important.  God tells us that He more important than all these things:  (insert items you listed above).  He is more important than all the money in the world.  In fact, He says that it is almost impossible for people who think money (or anything else for that matter) is more important than Him to get to Heaven.  He says “a camel would have an easier time going through the eye of a needle.”

Questions:   Is it hard for you to share your (insert child’s favorite toy)?  Why?  If God asked you to give it to someone who didn’t have any other toys at all, someone who really needed it, would you give it to that child?

Activity:  As you read the Bible verse with the child, show them the sewing needle.  Show them how small the eye of the needle is.  Ask them questions about what they think could fit through the eye? (Would a horse fit through? Would a camel fit through? Would a flea?)

Yes, Alethea, I do realize this is not a camel! 🙂

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank You for all You have provided us with, including our favorite things.  Place it in our hearts that You are more important than anything else. Amen!

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