Monday, June 15, 2009

Let the Children Come

People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." ~~Mark 10:13-15 NIV

Let the little children come to Jesus!

Summer’s here! School’s out and now Vacation Bible School’s are launching in churches in all our cities. My community is not any different. This week is VBS week for our church.

In the Scriptures, parents brought their children to Jesus for Him to touch them. Perhaps they wanted a blessing from Jesus or maybe they were in need of a healing. But they wanted them to go to Jesus.

I wonder. . .do parents see our churches as an extension of Jesus when they bring their children to VBS? Or is it viewed as free morning for them to go shopping, run errands or not to have to pay for day care?

I feel convinced that Jesus receives the children regardless of the reason the parents bring them to VBS. These little ones don’t need intellect as much as they need to feel loved, accepted and receive a gentle touch from people who care. No matter what reason the children come, let us not hinder them from meeting Jesus at VBS. They will be blessed!

Just maybe then the children will share the gentle, caring touch they receive at VBS with their parents. It is possible the children will share the scriptures with their parents. The Word of God is a seed planted in spirits. We can pray that God sends someone to water the seed and HE will bring in the harvest. Who knows how many lives VBS can reach directly and indirectly for Jesus? Let’s support the Vacation Bible School’s in our communities this summer. That’s where I’ll be this week—with the little children who come.

And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. ~~ Mark 10:16 NIV

Engrafted by His Grace--

6 gracious comments:

Leah said...

amen, shonda. hope you are doing well in the midst of summer heat.

Leah

Warren Baldwin said...

VBS has always been a big event for our family and all the churches I have worked with. The children and the parents who drop them off may not know the true importance of the event, but that is ok. The workers know (hopefully!), and certainly God does. I've seen some great things come out of VBS.

Is your baseball schedule running the same time as VBS? Those two things are often tough to coordinate.

Talkin' Texan said...

Thanks for this insight. My best friend was saved as an adult because someone talked her into working and helping with VBS. I thank God for VBS even if some parents do use it as a free babysitter. God's Word never returns void!

Karen said...

Hope you all have a wonderful VBS!

Warren Baldwin said...

Are you collecting new baseball stories? I have a couple of more umpiring tales, but don't know if they'll find their way to a blog! The first year of umping means lots of mistakes!

Cherdecor said...

amen! Hope you have a wonderful VBS!