Children’s Sermon

Matthew 1:18-25

Finding a Good Job

By Lois Parker Edstrom


Any object that represents a distinct type of work such as a shovel to represent a gardener, a bucket to represent a dairy farmer, a Bible to represent clergy.

Let’s talk about the work people do. We all have special talents that allow us to do work that helps others. Some people are strong and can be firefighters. Some people have beautiful voices or play a musical instrument and give us wonderful music. Some have the skills necessary to be doctors and nurses. Others drive trucks that deliver ourfood to grocery stores and supplies to our factories. Being a parent is an important and very special job. Can you think of other types of jobs that are helpful to others?

Have you ever thought about what type of work you would like to do when you become an adult? As you are growing, you will experience many things and have the opportunity to discover your special talents. Finding things that you love to do will help you make good choices and help you decide what your work will be. Then, you will be most able to help others.

Long before Jesus was born, prophets, persons who speak about the future, talked about the work Jesus would do while he lived on earth. A prophet talked about Mary having a son and said, “They shall call his name ‘Emmanuel,’ which means, ‘God with us.'”

The prophet was telling us that the purpose of Jesus’ work was to be “with us.” We could say that Jesus came to do work that he loved. He chose to do that work because he loves us. During his lifetime heperformed many miracles and showed us the power of his love. After he died he left His Spirit of Love to help us and be with us always. It is exciting to think about how God’s love and work can be carried on through your special work in a way that will help others.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan