Objective: To teach the children (using Reggie to demonstrate) that nobody is perfect, but that God loves us even with all our flaws and sent Jesus to die for our sins.
Scripture: Matthew 5:48; John 3:16
Good Morning! You’re looking good – almost perfect! I would really like for Reggie to be perfect. But to be perfect means never, ever, to make a mistake and never, ever, do anything wrong.
Let’s see if Reggie can do something hard this morning without making a mistake. This is a really difficult trick. I will be very surprised if he does it perfectly. I have three different toys that I will place over here away from everyone. Now you need to sit very still and quiet while we try this. I am going to point to each of these toys in no particular order. For some I will tell Reggie to “touch” and for others I will tell Reggie to “bring”. He has to watch and listen to me very closely to know which toys I want him to just touch with his nose and which ones I want him to bring to me.
(Do activity with Reggie.)Was Reggie perfect, no mistakes?
(Response.) Nope. Reggie made mistakes because he wasn’t watching and listening to me as closely as he should have. Reggie isn’t perfect! Just this week I left this pot holder out where Reggie could reach it, which would be almost any place! In a few minutes he walks by me with his mouth tightly closed and sort of looks back over his shoulder at me. I saw a tiny piece of blue poking out of his mouth. He had swiped my pot holder! Sometimes I wish Reggie were perfect, especially when there are a lot of people watching! But you know something, I love Reggie even when he goofs! And the people we visit seem to enjoy him too, even though he isn’t perfect!
Are there any of you who are perfect – never, ever do anything wrong or never get in trouble with Mom or Dad or Grandma or Grandpa or teachers? (Response.) I wonder if I asked some other people about that, what they would say. They might wish you were perfect but deep down they know that you aren’t – and neither are they! But you know what, they love you anyway! And even better than that, God loves you just exactly the way you are. My father used to say, “God loves us warts and all.” That was his way of saying that God loves us even though we aren’t perfect.
So, Reggie’s not perfect, I’m not perfect, you’re not perfect, nobody’s perfect! But Jesus loves us anyway! And Jesus wants us to love each other the same way that he loves us,"warts and all!"
Let's pray:Dear God, as hard as we try, we just can't seem to be perfect. We are so thankful you love us anyway. Help us to accept your love and love others just as you love us. In Jesus' name, Amen.