Last night I went to the Grand Finale of this weeks Vacaation Bible School, fondly called VBS, at Jefferson Baptist Church. There was free hot dogs, watermellon, chips, cake, and lemonade for all, and then 300 plus kids got on the stage and sang and performed for almost an hour. It was amazing, inspirational, and very entertaining to watch. What was amazing was how the adult and High School leaders got those kids to sing together and be nearly perfect in their behavior for that long, all crowded together on the stage. The inspirational part was seeing all those kids who have the potential to grow up and be champions for Jesus. The lessons on life and God that they learned this week as they were shared were impressive. As I sat and watched I thought, wow, this VBS is way more than crafts, games, snacks and fun, this is an amazing ministry that will make a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of kids over the years. As I watched I thought of some statements that Jesus made about kids;
Matthew 18:3-5. and Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;
Matthew 19:13-15. Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “ Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After laying His hands on them, He departed from there.