Needed: Soccer ball or other playing ball
Hold up a soccer ball, and ask the children to tell you the kind of players they would pick for their soccer team. They will say that the best players are good runners who can kick the ball well and be cooperative team players. Ask them if they would look for players who couldn't run or kick or pass. Admit that this is how people pick players, but not how Jesus operates. Explain that Jesus selected a man named Paul and appointed him to his service, even though Paul says "I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor and a man of violence" (1 Timothy 1:12-13).
Ask the children to guess why Jesus would do this. Say that Jesus likes to show grace and love to people, and to turn them into good players for the Christian team. Have them guess how Paul felt about being picked by Jesus. Say that Paul was thrilled to be playing for Jesus, and he knew that Jesus made him "an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life" (v. 16).
Tell the children that they do not have to be perfect Christians when they first begin to follow Jesus, because Jesus will forgive them and teach them how to be his disciples. Close by saying that Jesus will pick them, strengthen them and train them -- all they have to do is say yes to Jesus and try to play on his team.
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