Can you find the sheep that is welcoming children?
What do you think the picture is trying to teach you about the Kingdom of God?
When you think of famous people, who do you think of? (Note: Take some time to name some famous people who are alive today. Kids might not be able to think of someone famous. That’s okay. Maybe feed them the idea of the current president or the quarterback of their local team. Something they would be able to relate to.) What if I told you that one of the people you named was coming over to your house for dinner on Friday night? What would you do? What would your parents do? Wouldn’t you clean your house really well? Wouldn’t your parents plan some amazing food? What would you wear when that person came over? You and your family would spend a lot of time and energy making everything just right.
What if the person was late to dinner? Would you get really mad at them? Would you call and tell them not to show up? No way! What if they showed up wearing a funny hat or had mustard stains on their shirt? Would you make fun of them? No way! You would be very kind and gracious. You would laugh at their jokes. Would you plan to only spend 30 minutes with them or all evening? All evening.
Jesus’ is teaching that in the Kingdom of God there are some who are just as important as the people you mentioned. Do you know who? Children! You are SUPER important in the Kingdom of God. Jesus loved being with children and he made it clear to adults that they should feel the same. He said that children carry the Kingdom of God with them and that adults should want to be with them because of the great treasure they hold.
Read Matthew 21:28-32 again:
Children: Dear Heavenly Father, please remind me to ask adults to play with me and spend time with me. Help me to remember that I have a lot of very important things to teach adults. I am a treasure and I hold treasure. Amen.
Adults: Dear Heavenly Father, help me to not just welcome children when I am around them but to seek them out. Help me to see the great treasure they are and the great treasure they hold. Please forgive me for the times I have acted as if children are not important. Amen.