I went to JBC’s Vacation Bible School program tonight. It was a lot of fun and very inspiring to see all those kids on the stage singing about Jesus. Jesus said that if we wanted to be great in the kingdom of heaven we needed to become like a little child. It was easy to see tonight what Jesus must have seen in the hearts of kids during his day that endeared them to Him.
My Mom took me to Vacation Bible School when I was a kid. In fact if there were four churches relatively close to us and their VBS dates were different she would take me to all four. I got a lot of good early teaching and training when I was a kid because of those faithful people who took time out of their busy schedules to teach a bunch of rowdy kids for five days.
Sometimes people will ask me when I got saved, and I will say in Vacation Bible School, in fact I got saved many times in VBS. At the end of each of the different programs there would be a gospel presentation and then the person who gave the lesson would say “anybody who wants to accept Jesus as their savior raise your hand.” I would raise my hand and pray with the teacher. If I went to four VBS’s I would get saved four times, and again the next year, and the next. As a kid I had a very strong sense of eternity, I thought about it a lot, and I did not want to go to hell. Back in those days preachers preached about hell more than they do today, and I had heard a number of them at an early age that put the fear of God into me. So every time there was an invitation I raised my hand, just to be sure.