This past week our kids attended VBS at our home church. They all had a great time and, as always, it was an awesome week!
The themes for each night were:
God has the power to Provide.
God has the power to Comfort.
God has the power to Heal.
God has the power to Forgive.
God has the power to love us forever.
While our kids learned some great lessons about God’s power each night, I believe they learned most from the application of seeing God work through them.
At the beginning of the week, a goal was set to raise $2000 for missions. This was quite a lofty goal, one that most did not think would be possible.
But with God, all things are possible.
On the fourth night, Samuel came home very concerned that the offering to that point was around $500, nowhere close to the $2000 goal. He decided he would pray to God and ask Him to provide the $2000.
Grace came home and emptied her piggy bank into a bag. She had lots of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. It was a significant amount, as most of the change had been saved throughout the last 10 years. My apologies to those who had to count it, as we didn’t make it to the bank that day.
Ruth Ann also chipped in her dollar she found on her closet floor while cleaning that afternoon. Samuel looked for money, but since money tends to burn a hole in his pocket, he wasn’t too successful.
As the last night ended, we learned that over $2000 had been given, going above the lofty goal set at the beginning of the week! Our kids were ecstatic!
As we talked late that night, we discussed how God had worked through each of our children to help meet the goal.
Grace did the obvious, she gave towards the amount needed.
Samuel prayed. I think that prayer is often overlooked, but there is great power through prayer!
Ruth Ann gave what she could, and also joyfully helped the adults clean up after VBS was over.
Each of our children had a gift, and they used their specific gift in order to further God’s Kingdom.
Our children were a living lesson to Romans 12:4-6.
“4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.”
Grace gave, Samuel prayed, and Ruth Ann served. That right there is the body of Christ at work!
Photo courtesy of Erik Janeczko