Lately, I’ve been struggling to understand my purpose and my worth, striving to find these things in God rather than other people or what the world has to offer. So this week at VBS I have been especially touched by the messages presented to the young kids through bible stories, videos about kids in other places, science experiments, games focused on teamwork, and even discussing the daily bible points with my crew at snack time. I love to see how they can look at pretty much anything and talk about how it reminds them of God. Now I see why we must have faith like little children in order to enter the kingdom of God. Each day I have tried to summarize what we talked about, what was most important to me, and the Bible points with the verses.
Bible Point: God is for you! (WOW GOD!)
Key Bible Verse: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
Bible Story: Rahab believes in God’s mighty power. (Joshua 1-2)
At the end of the first day I was literally just like- WOW GOD! The message that was given through the story of Rahab is so incredibly powerful. Even though the kids don’t quite understand that God took a prostitute who would not be valued at all by the world’s standards and chose her to save His people, her story really sunk into my heart. God took someone who would have probably never been invited to church and He chose her to SAVE HIS PEOPLE. He used her to assure the Israelites of His ability to use them to destroy Jericho. Not only did He just use her, then He allowed her entire family to be saved because of her faith. This story shows that if we have faith in God, He will use us for His perfect purposes.
It was interesting to see the kids try and grasp the key Bible Verse of the day: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” A question. Not really a statement. But it gives hope and also kind of challenges the kids to think about how powerful God is. He is for us and there is no one who can stand in His way. What a great first day. I felt tugs at my soul to spend more time searching for God, trusting Him for everything, and cast aside anything that is not truth that the world throws at me. On this note, the second day provided a greater assurance that God is my hope and salvation and on my side.
Bible Point: God is always with you.
Key Bible Verse: “The Lord your God is always with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Bible Story: God is with Gideon. (Judges 6:11-7:25)
God is always with you. Just think about it. This morning as one of the leaders opened VBS with a devotion for the leaders she reminded us not to think of God watching over us in a stalking way, waiting and watching for us to do something wrong, but in a loving way that he knows every part of us- every longing of our heart, every tear that we cry, every time that we feel alone. And He is here for each of us in every single one of those moments. And no matter what we do He will never leave us. Ever. So many people in the Bible made mistakes, often disobeying or disrespecting God, but He has never given up on us. He continues to love us.
I love that we sing the song Love Come Down in VBS. We often sing this song in youth because it is fun and upbeat, something that makes people want to get excited. But the message behind it is powerful. God sent His one and only son. Here to the earth to love us, serve us, and then save us. No one has ever done anything to deserve love like the love God has for me and for you. This story of redemption and love is not just for the youth or moms & dads who take their children to church though. This message is one that the kids need to understand. They truly see God in everything and I love to see how they are thinking about how much God loves and cares for them.
Bible Point: God will always love you.
Key Bible Verse: “Your unfailing love will last forever.” (Psalm 89:2)
Bible Story: Jesus dies and comes back to life. (Luke 22: 66-24:12)
This day was the big hitter of the week. Day 3 was the day that the Gospel was plainly explained to the children through the redeeming story of Jesus dying on the cross. It was neat to watch the kids who know the story take something new out of it and see other kids understand this story for the first time. During the Bible story, the kids were all given a small heart and could write a sin they wanted to take to Jesus or just their name. Then they placed their hearts on a large wooden cross. It was so amazing to see these young kids grasping that they live in a broken world, but when they recognize that they can take anything to Jesus.
God will always love you. God has always loved you and He will never stop. No matter what you do. Jesus came to earth and died just so that He could always love you. He created us to love us. You Forgive Me. This song focuses on how we make the wrong choices, but God meets us where we are and not only does he forgive us but he also knows, loves, and continues to care for us.
Bible Point: God made you for a reason.
Key Bible Verse: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Bible Story: Abigail brings peace. (1 Samuel 25)
The last day of VBS was kind of sad. I loved my little group of girls that seemed to grow by one each day. However, ending with “God Made You For a Reason” was awesome. The kids learned that they are created for a purpose. They have friends who they can show the love of Jesus. They have brothers and sisters who they can show the love of Jesus.
Personally I saw how God used me and how He used all the volunteers that week to show the love of Jesus to the kids. To show them that God is for them, He will never leave them or stop loving them. And even as everyone of my seven girls said they wanted to grow up to be bakers, I saw a glimpse of how God will use them in the not so distant future: to confidently lead their friends, to quietly befriend the kids who are left behind, to sweetly show love to their teachers through obedience, and to fervently follow God with all their precious little hearts.
I am so thankful for this week. It is always such a privilege to pour into the lives of seven young girls and I hope seeds were planted in their hearts that will continue to thrive as their relationship with Christ grows.
By: Sarah Jeanne