I do not have to think hard or long to tell you the time that I am most on fire is when I am working for the children through Vacation Bible School. Studying God’s Word and following His leading as I prepare new VBS materials is a great joy to me. However, the final goal is what keeps me so excited. A date is set and details are being put in order for our local church’s Vacation Bible School. This year, I am extra privileged, as I have been asked to help with two different churches’ VBS programs. It is a humbling honor. I am constantly aware, as was David of old, that there is nothing in me besides what I have received from my loving Heavenly Father. “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.”
Finally the date arrives and the volunteers are assembled in a time of prayer, to once again ask God’s presence and blessing. Then the children come. I am on fire, for certain! All of the time and hard work and prayer is beginning to see its fruit. As the hours and days of Vacation Bible School go by and the Lord presents opportunity after opportunity to share His love with the children, I cannot help but glow! Even as Vacation Bible School comes to an end, we are reminded that it is really only a beginning. Each one of us—child, helper, parent, friend—is being called to make today the day of salvation, to take a step closer to Jesus and closer to Heaven.
I can only imagine the joy unspeakable—the fire indescribable!—when “the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord”! It is my prayer that many of those will be the very children that the Lord has chosen to touch through my own undeserving hands; and it is my prayer, too, that you will catch the flame and be part of that day! Awesome thought! That is what gets me on fire!
**Paul was a missionary on fire for the Lord if there ever was one! Studying his life is inspirational for VBS Leaders and children alike. Be sure to check out “VBS—Superstars for Jesus”, available exclusively from Hasten Home!**