Free Children's Sermons
March 16, 2014
Prop: Familiarity with the story below.
Today is the second Sunday in Lent. During Lent we get ready for Easter by trying to find ways to be better followers of Jesus. Listen to this story and then let’s talk about whether or not Aaron found a way to follow Jesus.
Mrs. Darby, Aaron’s Sunday school teacher, was talking about Lent. “Many Christians try to make Lent a time to give up something they like. They do this to remind themselves of how much Jesus suffered when he died on the cross. What are some things you especially like that would be hard for you to give up?” she asked. Sara said she would hate to give up ice cream. Aaron thought giving up TV would be really hard. Others suggested playing video games, buying toys, going to movies, and reading comic books would be hard to give up, even for six weeks.
Mrs. Darby asked them another question: “Who would be helped if you gave up watching TV or eating special treats?” Greg said, “Well, not eating ice cream and French fries might make us healthier.” Jenna thought giving up TV or movies might encourage her family to do things that would be better exercise for their bodies. Mrs. Darby then asked, “Other than ourselves, would giving up any of the things we mentioned help somebody else?” They all thought really hard, but they could not come up with any good answers to Mrs. Darby’s question.
“Well,” she then asked, “What if we gave up fighting with our brother or sister during Lent? Who would that help?” “I know my mom would be a lot happier,” Aaron replied. “What about your brother or sister? Would they be happier also?” Mrs. Darby asked. They all agreed on that. “Let’s think of some other bad habits we have that would help somebody else if we stopped doing them,” Mrs. Darby suggested. This was their list: not leaving their bikes lying in the yard would make their dads happier, not waiting until the last minute to do their homework would help keep their parents from having to nag them about it, not using their sister’s CD’s unless they asked first would make her less crabby, not being home late after playing with a friend would help their moms not to worry about them, and keeping promises made to a friend would make them trust us even more.
Mrs. Darby asked them to think of some bad habit they were going to give up for Lent. Aaron decided he was going to give up teasing his sister. All through Lent, each time he was tempted to give her a bad time, he remembered his promise not to tease her – well, almost every time. Sometimes he forgot and had to tell her he was sorry, but he remembered more often than he forgot.
What do you think? Did Aaron find a way to be a better follower of Jesus? What about each of us? Do you suppose we could each think of a bad habit we have that we would be willing to give up during Lent? Think about what you could do that could make a difference; then try to do it!
Let’s pray: Lord, help us to be better followers of Jesus by trying hard to be better people. In Jesus’ name. Amen.