Children’s Sermon – You Are Important – Matthew 19:14
(Children matter to God.)
Objective: To affirm young children and help them realize that they matter to God, that they are highly valued and loved by Him.
Scripture: “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me.” Matthew 19:14
- Visual of a young David in the field as a shepherd tending sheep or killing a lion, or other scenes (Google images of David and sheep)
- Visual of a young Samuel being called by God at night in the temple.(Google young Simon in the temple)
- Visual of Jesus speaking with little children.
- Audio or (live playing) of a song for children, like “Jesus Loves Me”, “Jesus Loves the Little Children”, etc. For a really nice and bit different version of “Jesus Loves Me” try this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jABcYKhDrIs
*You may use other materials and songs that are applicable to the reinforcement of this lesson.
Hello boys and girls! Today, we’ll be talking about… YOU! That’s, right. You! Do you know that you are very important to God? That God greatly loves and values you? Songs about God loving children are not just songs. They are biblical truths. The Bible says that God loves YOU and that you matter a whole lot to Him. Let’s gather around and talk about that today.
Matthew 19 – Bring to me the little children
Matthew 19 retells the event when Jesus was among a large crowd of people one day. He was teaching and ministering to so many people. He was very, very busy; and so, when somebody thought of bringing the children over to Him so He can talk with them and bless them, the disciples shunned the children away. But the Lord Jesus said, “Leave the children alone, and don’t try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this.” And Jesus laid His hands on those kids before He left the crowd.
God Protects David
Did you know that with God, the adults talking and working are not the only important people He pays attention to? He also takes notice of the young. He helps them, enables them, and uses them to achieve important things for Him. The Bible says God was with David the whole time He was in the field tending to sheep. God kept young David safe and strong when he had to face a scary, fierce lion out there. The Bible also says that God chose David to be king while he was still very young. Historians estimate his age of anointing from between 10 to 15 years of age. That’s quite young!
1 Samuel 3
In 1 Samuel 3, the Bible also talks about how one night, God called and spoke with a still very young Samuel while He was living and serving in the temple. In those days God’s Word and revelation were very rare. God did not speak nor make direct contact during those times. But He thought it important to reach out to Samuel and tell him what was on His [God’s] mind.
Matthew 18:10 – Their angels in heaven
In Matthew 18:10, Jesus reminds and commands the disciples never to disregard young children. He says there, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” Do you know what that means? That means God has specifically commissioned or tasked angels to look after you? These angels are responsible for your care and welfare and regularly present themselves to God for accountability, or shall we say, to do some sort of reporting with regards to you. See our bedtime story on “Fears”
God is never to busy for your prayers
Today, I just want to let you know that God will never be too busy for you children. His full attention is focused on you day and night. You can come to Him in prayer at all times, meaning, you can talk to Him at any time for whatever reason. You don’t need to wait for a super important reason or an emergency need before you ask help from God. God is concerned about you. He won’t ever shun you away or dismiss whatever you’ll be saying. He will listen to every word and He will watch over you and look over your ways at all times.
Lastly, let me remind you that you are never too young to be used for God’s glory. God has a plan for your life and He is thinking of all the special ways you can do great works for Him and for the people around you. Be available for Him and let Him strengthen you to do good and be good wherever you are.
Children, you matter to God. You are important to Him. He loves you and He can’t wait to partner with you and accomplish great things for your family, school, church, and more! Let’s pray. [or, “Let’s sing.”]
*You may close with a prayer dedicating the children to God. You may also end with some songs.