Rich and Poor

Big idea

Some people only care about themselves. We should love people like Jesus and want everyone to come home to God.

Bible passage   

Luke 16:19-31

You will need
A selection of pictures of different types of people – rich, poor, young, old, famous, bullies, ugly, homeless, etc.

All Ages Activity

Why do you think the rich man didn’t help the beggar, Lazarus, while they were alive?

Could it be because he looked down on Lazarus and didn’t like the way he looked?

Brainstorm a list of the types of people members of the group really don’t like. (You might find it helpful to use the pictures of different types of people.)

Why don’t you like these types of people?

Are you judging them and looking down on them?

Discussion:

Sometimes we judge other people because of the way they look or because of their actions. We make the mistake of thinking we are better than them. We need to remember that we are all sinners and instead of looking down on anyone, we should pray for them to come home to Jesus. Everyone is precious to God and Jesus wants us to love everyone, just as He does.

Prayer idea

Dear Lord,

Help me to remember that because I am a sinner, I’m no better than anyone else. Help me to love and pray for other people I find it difficult to like because everyone is precious to you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen