The Perfect Role Model
We are called to be like Jesus.
Pictures of famous people (movie stars, athletes, etc.) that the children will recognize
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)
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Do you have a role model? "What's a role model?" you might be asking. Well, a role model is a person that you respect, admire, and want to be like in some way. It might be a famous person such as a great athlete or a movie star. It might be someone you know personally like your favorite teacher. It might be a religious leader. It could even be your mom, dad, or a brother or sister. Whether we realize it or not, we all have role models.
I am going to show you some pictures of people that most of you will probably recognize and you can tell me whether or not you think that person would be a good role model. (Show the pictures and give the children the opportunity to talk about them.) It is important that we choose our role models carefully, isn't it? If we choose someone as our role model just because he or she is rich and famous, we will very likely be disappointed.
If you are looking for a role model, here is a good place to look. (Hold up your Bible.) In the book of Ephesians, Paul said to the people in the church at Ephesus, "Imitate God in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us."
What are some of the things that make Jesus the perfect role model for us to follow? He is:
Well, we could go on and on, couldn't we? Jesus is our perfect role model because he is God's perfect Son who brings salvation to all who obey him.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for sending your Son to bring salvation and to be the perfect role model for us to follow so that we might live a life that is pleasing to you. Where others may fail, Jesus never fails. In his name we pray. Amen.