Who’s Great?

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The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever
exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be
exalted. MATTHEW 23:11-12

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Supplies: You’ll need a Bible, index
cards, and pencils.

Give each child index cards and a pencil. Say:
Today we’re going to talk about what makes a person popular
or important. Think about the important and popular kids at your
school. Then write down ten characteristics that make people
important or popular at school. Write one characteristic on each
card. After you’ve written your characteristics, put the cards in
order from most important to least important.

Give the children a few minutes to write and prioritize
the cards. Then have the children get with a partner and compare
their lists. After a few minutes, ask:

ˆ In what ways were your lists
similar? Different?

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ˆ In general, how would you describe
a popular or important person in your school?

Say: Let’s read what the Bible has to say about
being important.
Read Matthew 23:11-12. Then have the children
slowly recite it with you. Pause after each sentence or phrase, and
emphasize the words greatest, exalts, humbled, humbles, and
exalted. Ask:

ˆ What do you think this verse
means?

ˆ How would you define the word
exalt?

Say: Let’s make new lists. Think about what would
make a person important and popular with God. Turn your cards over,
and write down ten characteristics and then put them in order from
most important to least important.

Distribute more index cards and give the children a few
minutes to write down characteristics on the cards and prioritize
them. Get their attention several times during the activity, and
have the entire group recite the verse. After the children have
worked for a few minutes, have them get with the same partner as
before and compare their lists. After a few minutes,
ask:

ˆ How would you describe a person
who’s important in God’s eyes?

ˆ How is this person similar to or
different from the person who’s important at
school?

ˆ Why do you think God’s idea of an
important person is so different from the world’s idea of an
important person?

ˆ What can you do to be the kind of
person God is pleased with?

End this activity by saying the verse together one more
time. Then pray and ask God to help you be the kind of people who
please God.

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