Children’s Sermon

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Making Wise Choices

Check out these helpful resources
Biblical Commentary
Children’s Sermons
Hymn Lists

1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Making Wise Choices

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Object suggested: Charts showing the circulatory system or other anatomical charts of the body. (Not essential to the lesson.)

What does it mean to be smart? Yes, a smart person is someone who is quick and clever and seems to have a lot of information. A smart person often receives good grades in school and is able to answer questions and give good answers.

Learning is always good and we should try to discover as much as we can, but being smart and being wise is not the same thing. Do you know the difference?

Let’s see if we can come up with an example. A person can know a lot about the human body. A smart person may know that the heart beats about 35 million times a year and that it only takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle through the entire body.

A smart person may know how the brain works or that your eyes blink over 10 million times a year. They may know that laughing is good for you and that kids may laugh 150 to 300 times a day while adults may only laugh 5 to 15 times a day. (Tell a joke here?)

Now this smart person may know all these facts about the body, but not be wise. To be wise this smart person must also make good choices about taking care of his or her body. This means choosing to eat healthy foods, getting enough rest, exercising, laughing and having fun.

The Bible teaches us that Christ is “the power (and wisdom) of God” (1:18). Accepting God’s love gives us the power and wisdom to make good choices. We learn how to understand what others may be feeling, how to treat others with love and respect, how to forgive, how to be happy and content with ourselves, how to worship God. This is wisdom that comes from God.

Study hard, learn all you can. Be smart, but also be wise. Decide what is right and true. Decide to do the right thing.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2010, Richard Niell Donovan