Children’s Sermon

Mark 10:17-31

Trust in God

By Lois Parker Edstrom

We all try to do what’s right, don’t we? Let’s talk about some of the things we believe are necessary to be a good person.

• We try, always, to tell the truth.
• We try to be kind to everyone.
• We try to be helpful to others who are sick or hurting.
• We try to gives thanks for all the blessings that are ours.

Let’s hear more of your ideas about how you try to be a good person.

The problem is that we don’t always do the right thing. Sometimes we don’t feel like being kind or helpful or thankful, especially when someone is rude or hurtful to us.

There is a story in the Bible about a good man who followed all the rules and tried to do all the right things. The man asks Jesus what he needs to do to “inherit eternal life?” (10:17). He wants to know what he must do to live forever with God.

Jesus says, “With men it is impossible, but not with God, for all things are possible with God” (10:27).

We know the rules to have a good life and do the right thing, but it is not easy to follow those rules. We are not perfect. No one is. We all make mistakes and fail.

We must love each other and work together to do what is right, but only God, who loves us, is able to give us the gift of eternal life – the ability to live forever with Him.

The answer to the question of what we must do to have eternal life is this: Trust in God. He will love us and guide us each day of our lives.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan