The Price Is Right
The Kingdom of heaven, what is it worth?
A package of cookies, A Post-It note
Activities + Resources
Children's Sermon: The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl (Matthew 13:44-46)
Before class, write the price of the cookies ($3.69) on the Post-It note, and stick it to the back of the package of cookies.
There is a television show called "The Price Is Right." Have you ever seen it? (Allow kids to respond). It has been on television for more than 50 years! The contestants on the show are shown an item and then they try to guess how much the item costs. The one who guesses closest to the actual price without going over wins the prize. I thought it would be fun to play "The Price Is Right." I brought a package of cookies. Oreo cookies! Yum, yum! On the back of the package there is a tag with the price of these cookies. We will see how close you can come to guessing the price without going over the correct price.
If you think that the price of this package of cookies is MORE than $4.00, raise your hand. (Allow kids to respond). If you raised your hand, you are out of the game because these cookies do not cost more than $4.00.
If you think the price of this package of cookies is LESS than $2.00, raise your hand. (Allow kids to respond). If you raised your hand, you are out of the game because these cookies cost more than $2.00.
So we’ve narrowed it down, and the price of the cookies is somewhere between $2.00 and $4.00.
Next, I am going to call out a price. If I call out the price that you think is the right price of the cookies, raise your hand.
$3.39 - No, you're out of the game.
$3.49 - No, you're out of the game.
$3.59 - No! You're out!
$3.69 - Yes! These cookies cost $3.69. If your hand is up, you are a winner! Congratulations.
(Give kids each a cookie).
These cookies are good, but $3.69 is a lot of money for a package of cookies, isn't it? Are they worth it? Perhaps there is another package of cookies that would be just as good for less money. Every day, we have to make choices about the value of things. We ask ourselves, "How much am I willing to pay?"
Jesus once told a story about a man who found a treasure which someone had hidden in a field. He was so happy that he immediately went and sold everything he had and bought the field so that the treasure would be his. (Matthew 13:44)
Jesus told about another man who went in search of fine pearls. When he found a pearl that he thought was the very best, he sold everything that he had so that he could buy just one pearl. (Matthew 13:45-46)
These men both found something that they thought was worth giving everything they owned so that they could have it. But do you know the real treasure Jesus was talking about? He wasn't talking about buried treasure or beautiful pearls, He was talking about the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of heaven is the greatest treasure one could ever desire. It is more precious than silver, gold, or jewels. That is why Jesus calls us to give up all that we have and follow Him.
Is that too great a price? I don't think so. In fact, I would say, "The Price Is Right!"
Father, nothing we have can compare to life in the kingdom of heaven with You. Help us to give up the things that we treasure and follow You, our ultimate treasure. In Jesus’ name, amen.