Free Children's Sermons

Choosing What Is Right

July 27, 2014

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52



Props: A story of a time you or someone else gave up something you or they really liked or wanted to do, because something else was more important. (Examples: giving up a vacation day because someone was sick or needed you; giving someone else something you treasured because they needed it more than you did; not buying something you wanted because another item was more important.) A box wrapped in foil paper; something  that looks like a pearl.


Listen to my story: (Tell your tale of loving others more than self. Conclude with a statement such as: this person thought something they wanted was more important than anything else, but they discovered something else was even more important.)


Jesus once told the stories of people who liked or wanted something so much they were willing to do almost anything to get it. One man found a treasure (hold up package) in someone else’s field, and he sold everything he had to buy the field so he could have the treasure. Another man found a pearl (hold up “pearl”) that was more beautiful than any other pearl he had ever seen. He, too, sold everything he had and used the money to buy the pearl.


Jesus told this story to tell us to think about what is really important in our lives. (Relate how the person in your opening story chose what was right over what was wanted.) We make choices every day. Hopefully, we choose to do what is right, rather than what is wrong.


Which is the right way?


•    Watching a TV cartoon in the morning or making your bed before you go to school like your mother asked? Is your mom or the cartoon more important?


•    Never letting anyone else play with your toys or sharing your toys with your brother or sister? Is having the toys only for yourself more important than making them happy?


•    Seeing something you want in a store but not having the money to pay for it, so you take it, rather than waiting until you can buy it? Is having it more important than being honest?


Being a Christian, a follower of Jesus, changes how we make choices. Jesus said choosing to share with others, loving our parents, and being honest is like finding a wonderful treasure. It is more important than thinking only about ourselves.


Let’s pray: Help us to know what is really important, Lord, and to make good choices in our lives. We pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.