Our loving Heavenly Father has promised us a pretty awesome gift: spiritual wisdom in all things. Spending time with Him in His Word and in prayer can never be replaced by simply listening to another person’s understanding of the Bible.
Even a very spiritual person is still human.
Depend on God
Don’t misunderstand me. I believe it is very edifying to discuss God’s Word with other believers; it is very helpful to be challenged and instructed by the pastor’s messages; but the final word must always be God’s.
We get that through personal Bible study and prayer. We must be faithful “Bereans” and see for ourselves whether “those things” are really so (Acts 17:11).
This dependence on God has powerful results.
“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.” (1 Corinthians 3:18,19)
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)
At Corinth, the Christians were choosing sides, as it were: “one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos….” (1 Corinthians 3:4)
Paul was asking, Who is Paul? and, Who is Apollos? We are just ministers to bring you the gospel.
It is the same in children’s ministry.
Who did it?
And what difference does it make who plants the seed? Or who waters? What if Martin Luther or Doug Batchelor or Billy Graham does? What if Teacher Ken, or Ms. Sheila, or Brother Bob, or Sister Connie does?
It is God that giveth the increase nevertheless.
“No great reformer or teacher, not Luther, Melancthon, Wesley, or Whitefield, could of himself have gained access to hearts, or have accomplished the results that these men achieved. But God spoke through them.” (Gospel Workers, pg. 34)
We are all workers together with Him, whether our name is familiar in Christian circles worldwide – or just in our little out-of-the-way town. He has our name written down. He gave you your work to do, and He gave me mine. And we are workers together with Him.
Now here is the cool part.
“Therefore let no man glory in men….”
Because, after all, if any man has any true success in evangelism – Vacation Bible School or otherwise – it was God who empowered him.
“Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours.”
The same God who speaks to His well-known servants speaks to His lesser-known servants, as well.
And the same God who speaks to His more “mature” servants (the “sheep”) speaks to His newer servants (the “lambs”), as well.
Whether it is the wisdom of “Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours.”
Oh, and lest you forget…
“Ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.”
He will keep you. He will guide you. He will empower you. And he will do the same for every willing child in your Vacation Bible School, too.
Pass it on – this is good news!
Make sure the children know that your relationship with God is very special – but that they can have the same special relationship with God, too!
God will empower you to be a powerful light to the children within your reach. And he will empower them to pass that light right along to others!
The secret to empowering the children at Vacation Bible School is making sure to share the “secret” to your power with them.
Praise the Lord, through His Holy Spirit, “all things are yours”! Pass it on!
~ YOUR TURN: How do you share the “secret of your power” with the children at VBS — or in any other place where the Lord puts you in touch with a child’s life? Tell us in the comments! ~
Image credit: “Martin Luther” by Lucas Cranach via Wikipedia.