NEVER Fail to Give the Reason – As VBS Draws to a Close, 18Jul
I am guilty of this – I often omit the name of Jesus and talk about God in generalities to people… It’s a hang-up that many of us have, we don’t want to offend, or we don’t know how it will be received… Jesus is the reason for our salvation, our future with God. Even one sign language symbol for Jesus (in a song for VBS) is a rip open of a curtain – the thick heavy temple curtain tore when Jesus died…. no longer was there a barrier between us and God…. JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD.
There is an amazing ministry opportunity of VBS. See, in this sesame street generation (me included) singing and dancing, bible buddies and real action portrayals of bible stories are teaching vehicles. VBS makes it easy and fun to get these bible truths and stories to the children who then bring them directly home. In VBS, it is easy to talk about Jesus – because we tell great stories – plus it’s the bible stories and messages that need reinforcement in those who have heard them – over and over. It’s the bible stories about Jesus that are new and fresh each time when applied to the current circumstances you find yourself in.
One of the past themes that got me SO EXCITED was Power Lab. It had 5 stories relating directly to Jesus. Yes, the science theme was so cool, and I have sentimentality for my first VBS and because I am a scientist. I discovered, at my first VBS, that VBS was not bible thumping but praise raising! Even as un-awakened as I was 12 years ago, I was excited about these stories about Jesus…
So, let me share my sentimental first VBS set of stories – Jesus Healing Lepers, Jesus giving sight to a blind man, Peter and Jesus walking on water, Jesus saving us by His death and Resurrection, and Jesus asking God to send us the Power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and always… What a nice progression of Jesus healing us, awakening our eyes, calling us out in faith, making the path sure, and giving us His power to share the Good News as truth…
Yes, these bible stories thrilled me and still do… See, I too am Peter – walking out on that water and having faith that Jesus will hold me when I listen to Him – when I sink (and you know that I do and will), Jesus is there – it only takes me reaching up my hand to grab His. We all venture out in faith, we try to keep walking – yet when we sink we can be caught if we look to Him – when Jesus reclaims us into the Kingdom, we are NEVER ever lost – remember that veil is torn – even our sins cannot keep us from salvation in that reaching hand of Jesus…. GRAB IT…
Ah, but VBS lasts only a short long week… lightning in a bottle. After VBS week, there are 51 more weeks to serve… maybe not as fun, but just as open for fulfilling our calling – sharing faith…
So, what are our next adventures with the Lord? We are called to climb out of our boats of comfortability… We will have rough seas, but we can hang-on… At minimum, I pray to never fail to give the reason for my calm boat – my rescue of choppy waters – and my saving Savior – JESUS.
1 Peter 1:3
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. Through these He has given us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, now that you have escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.For if you possess these qualities and continue to grow in them, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever lacks these traits is nearsighted to the point of blindness, having forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
Therefore, brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you practice these things you will never stumble, and you will receive a lavish reception into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Therefore, I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are established in the truth you now have
(Group Publishing’s POWER LAB five stories, 2008)