VBS Thoughts

For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10

 

So today was the first day of our VBS (Vacation Bible School, for those not fluent in Christainese) and it was amazing.  We had more today than we have had in a long time.  I volunteered to teach the 5th and 6th graders.  We were told that we would have 14 kids, and we had 21.  I had two parents come up to me and tell me that their kid was not happy about going and they may give us a difficult time.  Those two children we laughing and learning, talking with myself and others, and having a great time.  The other kids were all well behaved and having a blast.  We talked about Zacchaeus and how Jesus called him out by name and how Jesus knew intimate details about him.  Jesus really sought Zacchaeus out because He knew him and loved him.  Jesus desired a relationship with Zacchaeus and went to where he was.

This spoke to me in two ways.  The first was that Jesus wanted a relationship with Zacchaeus and made sure he found a way to get it.  Do I do that?  Am I willing to go to where the lost of this world are?  If I claim to be Christ like, then I need to be willing to bring Jesus to people who do not know him.  It is not enough for me to show up at church and hope that the lost come to me.  There is an entire world outside the walls of the church, and I need to be willing to go out there and meet them where they are.

The second thing that really got me thinking was that Jesus reached out to Zacchaeus without caring about what the people around Him thought.  You see, Zacchaeus was a tax collector who had stolen money from people.  He was a sinner that sinned so publicly that people knew how bad he was.  Jesus did not care what the other people thought.  Jesus only cared that Zacchaeus was lost and needed the love of Christ.  How many times have I been concerned about what others thought?  If I am really trying to be like Christ, then the lives of the lost must be more important than the opinion of the world around me.

When I reflect on Luke 19:10, I begin to understand what Christ’s mission was, and what my mission needs to be.  I am not responsible to save anyone, but I do have the responsibility to tell everyone about His love.  This week, I have a captive audience of 21 students who need to hear that message.  Our VBS has over 100 students ready to hear God’s message of love and redemption that can only come at the foot of the cross.  What an amazing task ahead of us.  I look forward to sharing the victories and struggles with you.  Please pray for us as we work this week to bring the message of Christ to these young people.

 

Pastor Derrick