John the Baptist was impressive! He had a determination that you don’t often see in life. He understood his mission: to announce the Savior’s coming, and he was willing to do anything to accomplish it. He was even ready to die.
God the Father has prepared a mission for each of us. For some, this mission will be to be a good doctor, for others it will be to be a good worker in a factory; for some, it will be to become a pastor and for others, a musician, an artist… you’re going to find out your mission as you grow up. But for now, God has a mission for you. It is the same one as John the Baptist: to announce Jesus to the people around you. How? By your words and by your actions. Just as Jesus showed us what the Father was like through his actions, you too can show the Father’s heart to people through your actions by loving them, forgiving them, being kind and full of compassion, uttering words of love and kindness… It is an important mission that the Father entrusts to us, making him known to people through us. Are you ready to fulfill this mission? Are you ready to become an ambassador of God, the Father, on earth and reflect his heart through your actions and words?
The people around you need you.
“Father, make me an ambassador for your kingdom, help me everyday to demonstrate who you are to the people around me through my words and actions. Help me to be different from others because Jesus lives in me, because I am a light in the world and I have a mission: to bring people to you. Amen.”
Discuss with the children what they can do to demonstrate the Father’s love to people. It is up to you to find situations and ask them how they should act according to the Father’s heart.
Example: In the schoolyard, a student intimidates another student. How should you act?