Vacation Bible School

“Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
(Proverbs 22:6)

I love summer time; I know that some of you will disagree with me on this. The heat does not bother me one bit and there are so many things about summer that excite me. Summer is known for kids being out of school, and for spending time in vacations, and with family. But if you are a member of the Logan Martin church of Christ, you know like I do that summer is known for Vacation Bible School. If you were not aware that our VBS starts today, then consider this your formal initiation to be here each night, Monday-Wednesday at 7:00, for our VBS 2012. So many have worked so hard: they have printed flyers,  door-knocked, prepared lessons for the kids, put up decorations, invited. You name it, it has been done for VBS 2012. We cannot control who comes to our VBS, but we can make sure that we make EVERY effort for us to be here, and to bring EVERYONE we know with us EACH night. After all, why would those we know be here, if we were not. The “stigma” of VBS is that it is a “kids only” event, the truth in that the word “kid” or “child” appears nowhere in the name Vacation Bible School. Each of us should want to be present each time the word of God is taught (Hebrews 10:25-26). Let’s take just a moment and look at the words “Vacation Bible School”.

Vacation: We all love this term. Some of us take vacations from work or school and travel far and wide. Vacations are great get-aways, and we all need them from time to time. Sometimes we need to just get away and “be still” to “know that (I) am God” (Psalms 46:10). Vacations can help us to refocus on the things that are important. Sadly, some will use a vacation as a time to get away from God, forsaking church service attendance, or not spending time in Bible study. I remember a man named Jonah who tried this once. God is omnipresent, and in all we do we should seek to honor and serve God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Bible: The Psalmist spoke and said that the word of God was a “lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). Jesus said that it is the “truth” of God (John 17:17). James mentions that those who look “into” the word of God and “continue” to do the things inside are “doers” and will be blessed (James 1:25). And Jesus also reminds us that it is by the words He has spoken that we will be judged (John 12:48). All of this simply says that the word of God is important. We can NEVER spend too much time studying from a book that will ultimately guide us to happiness here, and an eternal home with God.

School: Yes, it’s a dreaded word, at least for most of our young people, but school is simply a place to learn. Imagine the things you can learn from those teaching classes at our VBS this year, those who have studied the topics and researched things to say. Even our Lord spent time in studying (Luke 2:52), and we need that time as well.

The remaining question is simply this: where will you be this Sunday through Wednesday? Don’t take time off this summer from God, but study His word, and learn from those who have spent time preparing to teach at VBS. Let’s all “jump on board the Kingdom Express”!

Ande Z

 

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