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Bible story: Jesus and the rich young ruler

Creative activities based on the Bible story of Jesus and the rich young ruler

In Matthew 19:16-30, Mark 10:17-31, and Luke 18:18-30, a rich young ruler approaches Jesus and asks him what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus tells him to keep the commandments, but the man insists that he has already done so. Jesus then tells him to sell all of his possessions, give the money to the poor, and follow him.

The man becomes sad because he is very wealthy, and Jesus comments that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. This passage highlights the challenge of putting one's trust in material possessions rather than in God, and the importance of surrendering everything to follow Christ.

We have compiled a range of creative ideas and activities below that relate to this Bible story. These resources are designed to help you share this important message in an engaging and interactive way, whether you are a children's ministry leader, a Sunday school teacher, or a religious educator in a Christian primary school.

Our activities below are suitable for use in various settings such as church children's programs, children's ministry, catechism classes, children's services, Bible clubs, vacation Bible school, and Sunday school, and will help students understand the relevance of the Bible to their lives, and the importance of applying its teachings in practical ways.