This year’s VBS has been wonderful. Although it’s been very hot, the Lord has been blessing our VBS! We have had 79 children (and counting) registered for VBS. That’s an all-time high. Every night children have had lots of fun, but mainly they are learning Bible verses, Bible songs, games and crafts, and Bible lessons about Jesus Christ.
We are learning that Jesus is the Son of God, the King, the Savior, the Creator, and the only way to heaven. Every night children hear the Gospel that their sins can be forgiven if they place their trust in Jesus. I praise God for every helper and worker. Without them VBS would not be possible.
But what’s makes VBS unique and special is that it’s all about Jesus! He’s the only one who can transform our lives! His love is perfect, His Word is true, and His sacrifice on the cross was sufficient to meet our deepest and biggest need which is forgiveness of sins and peace with God. Yet the devil would love to distract us and try to get us to believe his lies.
We live in a world full of lies. Our flesh is daily tempted to think, “It’s all about me.” Even while doing ministry for children we are often tempted to do it for the wrong reason and become self-centered.
Jesus gave us a beatitude that deals with this innate self-centered desire. Jesus said in
Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Meekness is the opposite of self-centeredness. Our flesh wants all things for ourselves, but happy are the meek who seek to bless others and put the interests of others above their own.
Make no mistake, meekness does not mean weakness. Instead, it means to be self-controlled, gentle, and humble even when persecuted, even when someone takes advantage of you or mistreats you or is selfish towards you.
1 Peter 2:23 tells us that when Jesus was reviled, He “did not revile in return, when He suffered, He did not threaten.” Instead of defending Himself, Jesus showed mercy and meekness. He even prayed for His enemies.
The world thinks, “Look out for number one. Do whatever you want to do, get rich, serve
yourself.” Yet Jesus taught us and showed us the opposite. Since Christ died for wretched sinners such as us, we ought to put aside our sinful self-centeredness, die to self, and love others as Christ has loved us.
So, in reality, it’s not all about me, it’s all about Jesus! How can I know the mercy of God
if I show no mercy to others? How can I be poor in spirit, mournful over my sin, and focused on the love of Christ as displayed on the cross, when all I see is my own perceived greatness?
How can I know deliverance from this sinful world if all I long for is the things in this world?
When we see ourselves in the light of Christ’s love and grace, and when we see our sin for the filth that it is, we should be quick to deny ourselves and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, and be thankful for our salvation.
Our kids are learning that Jesus is the one true King. That means we owe Him our love, worship, and respect. How can we do that if we’re so focused on ourselves? I asked my 3 year old daughter Cody what her Bible verse was that she learned at VBS and she
said, “Follow Me.”
I then asked her, who said that? She said, “Jesus.” As you know, 3 year olds are very self-centered. Yet VBS is teaching my daughter, it’s not about her, and it’s not about daddy, and it’s not about anybody else….it’s about Jesus. I am so thankful for VBS!
I must follow Jesus. And that is not a suggestion, it’s a command, but it’s also a blessing. His ways are perfect. His ways lead to freedom. And His ways lead to life. He’s the King, and it’s all about Him. We must daily deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. So, pray that the Lord may help you to decrease that He might increase!
Then go serve your King! Love, Pastor Doug