Winning the Prize – Children’s Talk

Over the last few years I have had the privilege of leading services within my Benefice of 3 churches. On this blog, I hope over time to be able to share these talks/order of services with you, so that my teachings can be a help to you too, should you be struggling for inspiration in your services.

This first talk is from a children’s service called Lighten Up! which I led on Sunday 21st October 2012. It is called ‘Winning the Prize’ Additionally I have an opening and closing prayer that I wrote which can be used too.

Winning the Prize

When there is a contest the winners get a trophy or at the Olympics a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal.

I am sure you all enjoy the praise and congratulations you receive when getting your trophy or awards and afterwards when you are being cheered.

But also it is a sign for others to see that you have done something very special.

James and John asked Jesus for something very, very special because they thought they were special themselves, but they also knew that Jesus didn’t hand out awards to people.

What they wanted was to sit on his left and right in his Kingdom.

But Jesus said that it wasn’t for him to decide who could sit next to him in heaven. For the ones who will get that honour are the ones that are servants and helpers to everyone else. For those people, getting up in the morning they are full of life, and a bundle of energy, ready to do God’s will.

The Hebrew word for this is Nephesh, which literally means the breath of life, ambition or living creature.

Two weeks ago at Harvest we looked at the story of creation in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, but a couple of verses later in, it says:

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Genesis 2:7

God had planned all along for those that are full of life, or with ambition to be his servants and it is those of us that will get to sit at his side in his Kingdom. Remember he created us:

in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27

He created us all to be like him, servants to others, just like he sent Jesus to be a servant and not to be served.

God’s kingdom is not about winning prizes or honour. It is about service to others. Look at the life of Jesus! What better example of a servant is there? He came not to be served but to serve, dying on the cross so that we might have eternal life!

That is the greatest prize anyone could ever have!

Opening Prayer

Lord God, we thank you for bringing us here together today. Make us all humble and unite us through your word and prayer. We pray, Lord Jesus that you open our hearts and our ears and make us quiet and attentive to your Holy Word. May your Holy Spirit and your Word guide us and light our way.

Closing Prayer

Heavenly Father as we come to the end of our time together we thank you for what has been accomplished here in your church today. May the matters raised help us to move forward and cause us to advance and see growth in all areas of our lives. May we leave here recognizing that you are the God of all wisdom and you are willing to lead us forward.