We’ve talked a lot in the past few lessons about the importance of your earthly family and the importance of your spiritual family. However there are times when even your family members can get involved in wrong things. That’s the time when, as a Christian, you need to stand up for what’s right. In this children’s church sermon, we discuss God’s reward to Abigail for going against her husband to do what’s right, and how God rewarded her. When you do the right thing, He will reward you also!
Children’s Church Sermon Scripture: 1 Samuel 25
Children’s Church Sermon: “Abigail Stands Up for What’s Right”
In this children’s church sermon, we will look at some examples and see what we can do in these situations.
You have two Christian friends. One says this about the other one: “Last time she was over at my house, she was in the snack drawer every half an hour. And look at the size of her! She just keeps getting bigger and bigger. In a year, nobody will want to hang out with her. I think we should give her up now while the going is good.”
What do you say back?
Obviously, the listener should defend her Christian sister. Some examples:
• The listener could simply remind the teller that she’s gossiping.
• The listener could acknowledge that their third friend’s chronic eating is not fun and might even be dangerous to her health, but maybe they could work on it with her.
• If the listener knows of a problem in the overeating friend’s house that might be causing her to overeat, she could mention that problem and remind the teller to have some sympathy.
• She should not join in, now matter how annoying the problem is or how tempting it is!
Your big brother who is a teenager has gotten kind of mouthy with Mom and Dad lately. Yesterday when Mom asked him to do chores, his response was, “I’m not the parent! When I’m the parent, I’ll do the work!” On the one hand, you’re tempted to stay out of it, because what he gets away with, you realize you might eventually get away with, and doing chores is no fun. On the other hand, you see Mom and Dad working long hours in what Dad calls “this bad economy” and they are very tired—too tired, you feel sometimes, to even argue with your brother.
How do you stand up for what’s right in this situation?
Children may be reminded that parents are not perfect, and there are actually two parties at fault here: The parents AND the brother. The parents are not correcting him. That’s not the younger child’s fault, but he or she can still stand up for what’s right.
• Point out to the big brother that it’s not fair for you to do all the work, and that’s what will happen if he doesn’t get moving.
• Sometimes when teenagers say one thing, they really mean something else. Maybe the brother is mad about Mom’s and Dad’s busy schedules and not getting rides to things like his friends do. You might ask him if something is bothering him, and if so, encourage him to talk about it rather than act out and mouth off.
• Be very frank with the teenager that you are not doing his chores. Some families get into situations where one child fills in for another. This is called “enabling,” and it never works out well for anyone. The teenager should do his work or suffer his own consequences.
• You can also point out to the parents what the teenager said if they’re pretending to have missed it. It’s okay to point a parent’s shortcomings out to the parent, so long as it’s said with respect.
You have seen your neighbor leave her dog tied up in the yard for five days now. The dog pants and pants and has no water. You tell your mom. You ask her to speak to the neighbor for the sake of the dog. Mom says, “That’s a shame about the dog, but I don’t believe in getting involved. We should just stay out of it.” But she’s a single mom who is overworked, and she’s also always been shy with the neighbors. Still, you’re afraid the dog will get sick and die.
How can you stand up for right in this situation?
• One answer is to take matters into your own hands and bring a dish of water to the dog every day. However, be careful the dog is not a biter!
• Another answer is to speak to the neighbor yourself. Ask if you can bring the dog water (though she might have a streak of pride and deny abusing the animal).
• Finally, you can make a call to the humane society yourself. They don’t really care if the caller is young or old. See if they will issue the neighbor a citation or have the animal police pay her a visit.
Finally, let’s talk about the rewards in all of this!
What are some possible rewards for standing up for your Christian friend?
Some possible answers:
• You could help a friend over a rough time and redirect her bad habits so she doesn’t have them any more. You could change someone’s life, and she might thank you into adulthood.
• You could end up losing the friend whom you refuse to gossip with, surely. But when God closes a door, He always opens a window. You could end up with three great, new loyal friends instead of one whose annoying sin is gossiping meanly.
• Kindness comes back to you. While you may feel like the invisible person in a crowd of gossips, they will trust you more. You’ll be the one they come to with a real secret.
What are some rewards for standing up for right when your big brother won’t do his chores?
• He could snap out of it and become a contributing member of the family again.
• The brother is obviously wrong in his assessment that the real work starts with parenthood. People who haven’t done much work are not prepared for parenthood and are very likely to fail at it. Getting him to work now may prevent a bad marriage in his future.
• You’ll be the one in the family who has the reputation for doing what’s right, and everyone will trust you and look up to you—even if you’re the youngest.
What are the rewards for coming to the pet’s rescue?
• The neighbor could realize she’s wrong, and the pet’s life could change dramatically for the better.
• The dog could get taken away from her and given to a family who truly loves it. In that case, you’ve given the dog a new life!
• A wise parent can be inspired by their kids. You standing up for right could inspire Mom to get over her “let’s not get involved” attitude.
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