Bear Fruit for VBS, 16JUN
I know won’t write much in July, as previous VBS times have pulled my focus on the tasks at hand, but I wanted to share my reading, my “readying” (as autocorrect placed the appropriate word here)…. I read Mark 11 from Michael Card’s biblical imagination book series (photos attached) – about the withered fig tree and the overturning of the market tables in the temple – and last night I vented about a VBS decoration I saw on Facebook that seemed such a waste of time in my opinion… that is why I also get frustrated with myself when i feel out of focus and spinning my wheels – I pray months for the focus I need – “Come Holy Spirit” – and YES, this year I find once again that my life is driven by the Holy Spirit – YES “SPIRIT Happens!”…
In Mark 11 (see below about the fig tree and the temple), Jesus humanly is frustrated at the withering of the people who are capable yet do not bear fruit… and He speaks and acts out. “And His disciples heard Him say it.”
This paired scripture set is about many things including Jesus very upset that the people forgot to honor the temple, it’s anger at the people who charged extra money for the doves, which were intended as sacrifices that the poorest of people gave, according to Michael Card…
Jesus curses the tree, even if it is out of season, that bears no fruit, the people won’t either until they realize that they should…. the people with “empty works, empty words – that lights the fuse of Jesus’ smoldering frustration”
I pray people who do get it then try to give it, try to help faith grow… VBS is the example of using resources to teach, provide, and give comfort to parents… our jobs are to give the doves away, let the children’s spirits shine, set them up to blossom and fruit… that’s my prayer for VBS, the fruit we already bear is also to be used for His purposes!
VBS brings children’s energy into the church… that’s the spark to our faith – we get to see the fruit already being placed EARLY on these children of God – a church without children will wither..
We can be those children too, we can bear the fruit that was drying – we can rehydrate – we can find the seeds that are in the fruits we were gifted – then we can plant those seeds… (and lo and behold God will hang more fruit)…
At VBS we send the seeds HOME too – seeds sprouting and seeds planted and preserved for future sprouting… in the children, and in all whom they meet…
Thank you all for your prayers and plantings, THIS IS YOUR/OUR MINISTRY – thanks to the children’s garden of VBS – it’s never too early to bear fruit, it’s never too late to bear fruit, it’s God’s timing of course….
God is NEVER out of season…
12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves,16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’ ”
18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city.
20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots.21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”
22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”