Hope ... riches... greatness
Ascension of the Lord
Object: baseball cards
Sometimes people collect baseball cards. Some people have lots
of money tied up in their collections of baseball cards. Some
collections are worth a lot of money. Some people like playing
baseball and hope someday to become such a good baseball player
that they might have their own card. Do any of you hope to become
a great baseball player? (Let them answer.) Others admire how
much money famous baseball players get paid. Some get lots and
lots of money. They are rich. Some baseball players make millions
and millions of dollars! Really famous baseball players are
called "great" because they are so well known and so good at what
I've mentioned three words here today about baseball: hope,
riches, and greatness. I mention those words because those are
the words mentioned in the reading today from Paul's letter to
the Ephesians. He talks about hope, riches, and greatness. The
hope he speaks of, however, is a hope in the Lord Jesus. We have
that hope. We know that someday we shall live forever with Jesus.
That is our hope.
We may not have much money, like famous baseball players, but
we are very rich. We are rich because we have far more than we
want or need if we have God. God has promised us so many things.
We are really rich people! You are rich!
About greatness we know that no one is greater than Jesus. And
we know Jesus and Jesus knows us!
We have hope, riches, and greatness! What more could we want
or need? I'm so thankful to know Jesus. I don't know any great
baseball players, but I know it's fun collecting cards. I don't
have much hope myself of becoming a great and rich baseball
player, but I know Jesus and that's enough for me. That's more
than I could ever need!
Dear Jesus: Thank you for the hope, riches, and greatness you
give us. Amen.