September 4, 2011: Matthew 19:16-26, Told for Younger Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · August 29, 2011
One day, a young man came to see our Lord Jesus Christ. The young man knelt before Jesus and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing must I do, to have eternal life?”
Jesus said, “Why do you call Me good? The only good one is God. If you want to really live, keep the commandments.”
The young man asked Jesus which commandments he should keep, and Jesus answered, “Do not kill, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not lie, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
The young man said to Jesus, “I have been keeping these commandments ever since I was young. What am I missing?”
Jesus said, “If you really want to do what is right, go sell what you have and give it to poor people. Then, your treasure will be in heaven. Then, come and follow me!”
When the young man heard that, he left. He was very sad. He had so many things and he loved them all.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “It will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter God’s kingdom.”
When the disciples heard this, they wondered who could really be saved! Jesus looked at them and said, “With men, this seems like it can not happen. But, with God, anything can happen!”
1. What was the question the man asked Jesus?
2. Sometimes we have hard choices. Maybe we have been invited to the movies, but we need to visit our aunt and uncle, instead. Our parents help us know what is most important. They will help us choose what is right.
3. What is important to you? Is it more important than God?
4. Jesus wants us to stay close to him. Then we will know that He is more important than anyone else or anything else.