“One of the greatest tragedies of the fall is that we get tired of familiar glories.”
During our Middle School VBS this past month we had the opportunity to minister to middle schoolers from all walks of life, many of whom had no real familiarity with the glorious gospel of our Lord. As is always the case with such a ministry, our attendance was sporadic from day to day, ranging from 14 on the lightest day to 24 on the largest. If you are unfamiliar with our Middle School VBS, we run a totally separate program from the rest of our Vacation Bible School, using different material, playing different games, and singing different songs.
This week we went through an adapted version of Matt Chandler’s book The Explicit Gospel. This meant that Tuesday was the most important day, we had the opportunity to dig deeply into the meaning and impact of the gospel on the individual and on this world. It was the best day of the week, the conversations were real and open, the students engaged and interested, and the message clear and beautiful. It also happened to be the day that we had all 24 of our students involved. God orchestrates beautiful things.
VBS can be difficult and frustrating, and I remember by Thursday Katie (our summer intern) and I were about to keel over from exhaustion. I had lost track of the important reality of what we were doing and was focused on simply trying to get through it with a decent level of success. That afternoon, however, Katie stepped into my office with a look on her face that reminded me of why we do this. “Zach,” she said, “We got to share the gospel with twenty-four middle schoolers on Tuesday!” The excitement in her voice reminded me of the quote I had used in my sermon just 2 weeks beforehand. “One of the greatest tragedies of the fall is that we get tired of familiar glories.”
How can we grow tired when the work before us is so glorious? How can the gospel grow old and dull, take a back seat, become just the thing we do instead of the joy of our lives! If you helped with VBS this past June, or if you help with any of the many ministries of this church, and even in your labors to bring the gospel to the world in your workplace and wherever you go, let this be the glory that captures your heart and sets your imagination in motion. We are ambassadors of the gospel. What a glorious calling! Revel in it, thank God for it, and we will never run out of energy for the task ahead.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Youth Summer Dive-In Schedule:
July 5 - Teresa and Jon Scott
July 12 - Gena and Joe Ierardi
July 19 - Sabrina and Eddie Thomas
July 26 - M-Fuge*
August 2 - Joy and Lex Kenerly