Are you on fire for Vacation Bible School? Do you know that your church’s efforts are truly being blessed by God? Or do you think of Vacation Bible School with a wavering heart, wondering if you are really doing much good?
We all long to get results. It is why we try. We do not want our words to fall on “deaf” ears–and they do not have to.
How would you like your Vacation Bible School to be the seed of a godly enthusiasm that spreads throughout your community and beyond, a spirit of joyous holiness that fills VBS leaders and children, pouring over into the lives of families and friends–and even strangers?
It is possible.
In the Biblical book of the Acts of the Apostles, we are told that 3,000 souls were converted in one day. How? It was not about being all “amped up”–it was not a self-driven enthusiasm. It was not about being perfect Christians. As a matter of fact, the Bible tells us of many of the character problems that many of the people had before God filled their lives. It was not about being natural leaders, either: for we will soon see that once the the people of God invited His Spirit into their lives, it spread like wildfire among the people. It was not about finding the latest and greatest ministry tools–well, at least not exactly.
Let us go to Acts now and see what the secret was.
1. They saw Jesus.
(Acts 1:3) This is key. Their eyes were in the right place: focused on the Master.
2. They believed Jesus.
(Acts 1:5,8) Jesus gave the disciples a special promise:
“For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost….”
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me…unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
3. They obeyed Jesus.
(Acts 1:4,12) Their belief did not stop in their mind. It affected their actions. ”Faith without works is dead“, James said. Well, the disciples’ faith was definitely not dead! Jesus told them to wait at Jerusalem for His promise to be fulfilled, so they waited at Jerusalem for His promise to be fulfilled.
4. They prayed.
5. They agreed.
(Acts 1:14; 2:1) The Bible says that the disciples were “with one accord in one place”. (Acts 2:1, KJV) It is interesting to note that, although even Young’s Literal Translation reads “with one accord at the same place”, many Bible versions leave out the phrase “with one accord” and simply say something to indicate that they were gathered together in one place; but there is so much more to it. They were not just physically together, they were spiritually on the same page, so to speak. They were united in one purpose, with singleness of heart (Acts 2:46), and an eye for God’s glory and the furtherance of His Kingdom.
6. They were filled.
(Acts 2:4) This point is last, but not least. God kept His promise. Jesus sent the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost filled the disciples. This was the true secret of their power: it was God’s power. This is why they were on fire!
As a result, we come to that great point in history: “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:41)
The Lord never intended the work to stop at Pentecost 2,000 years ago. Acts 2:47 says, “and the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” His promise is for us, too.
Let’s follow in the steps of the disciples: look to Jesus, believe His promises, and obey His commands. As we spend more time in prayer and in His Word, claiming His promises, we will become one with Him–and one with one another. His Spirit is available to us today, just as surely as it was at Pentecost. I believe Christ’s second coming is going to be an even more glorious event than His first–do you?
So, let’s be on fire! Let’s start now, day by day and moment by moment inviting the Holy Spirit into our lives. Do what He is asking you to do today. Then by the time Vacation Bible School gets here again, the Lord’s Spirit will be an unstoppable power among His people, ready to spread like wildfire!
~What is God calling you to do today?
~Should God’s Spirit be something we only ask for during special programs, like Vacation Bible School? How can we include Him daily in our lives? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!