Vacation Bible School isn’t just for kids.
As I was preparing for my 9th VBS this week, I was once again reminded that every year I start out with the perspective that I will be teaching the children about God. Each year, I am reminded that while I may be teaching the kids about God, God is teaching me more about Him.
I take many weeks to read the Scriptures, the material, to plan, and to pray. Every time, I am reminded that I need these lessons just as much as the kids do. There will be some children who will hear these truths for the first time. There will be others who know the stories, but their faith will be strengthened.
While I don’t usually stumble upon brand new information while preparing to teach VBS, I am always humbled by the fact that though my head may know all of this stuff, my heart needs to ponder it yet again.
That’s what gave me the idea for my posts this week. You see, VBS is for the kids, but it’s not just for the kids. I believe that God uses the teachers, the leaders, and the helpers to shepherd the children into a deeper relationship with Him, but that He includes us in that plan as well.
Would you join us this week as we look at the lessons the children will be learning knowing that we have just as much to gain from them?
Today’s lesson comes from Matthew 8:5-13. We will be talking with the children about FAITH.
The faith of the centurion is a simple story packed with a great lesson.
A Roman army officer approaches Jesus to ask Him to heal his servant who is at home paralyzed and in great pain. Jesus agrees to come to the centurion’s home at once to heal him. The centurion tells Jesus that he is not worthy to have Jesus come to his home, but that all Jesus needs to do is say the word and his servant will be healed.
You see, the centurion knows about authority and commands. Just as he commands his servants and they obey, the centurion knows that Jesus only need speak the word and it is done. Jesus tells those around Him that He has not seen anyone in Israel with faith this great.
I like to think of this of this story in relation to my prayers. When I pray to God asking Him to do something, I only have two choices. I either believe that He can and will or that He cannot and will not. I must have faith that my prayers will be answered according to His will, otherwise, what is the point in even praying?
I want to be like the centurion in my prayers. I want to be like him in my daily walk. I want to have the kind of faith that believes Jesus is who He says He is and that He has the power to do what He says He will do.
“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” ~Mark 9:24 (NKJV)
Let that be true of us today.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” ~Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
Father God, we thank You for our faith. We thank You that we can not only know You, but have a relationship with You that allows us to come to You in faith. Help us always to remember that You are who you say You are and that You have the power to do what You say You will do. In the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
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What do you think? How do you work to keep your faith strong?