A Call To Serve

June 16, 2001
by Bill Russell

Matthew 19:14 – Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (NIV)

Last Sunday, as we entered the church, I was handed a copy of the order of service. In fumbling with about six pages, two inserts fell onto the floor under the pew ahead of me. Doesn't this sound familiar?

As I reviewed the pages, I was taken by the quarter-page ad requesting volunteers to help in the summer Bible School to be held in mid-August. I had also noticed a number of four-foot-square signs erected in the community telling of the Vacation Bible School. These of course are providing exposure to the parents and children. Why so early, I thought? It was not yet June!

With over one hundred and fifty children anticipated this year for the Bible school, it will take a large number of adults and young people to introduce the children to Jesus. A number of the children that will be attending have never had exposure to a church atmosphere. This summer could be an enjoyable event for us to help encourage God's children.

Luke 10:2a – He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few." (NIV)

Whether it be serving thick McDonald's orange drink, burnt popcorn or a hot dog with a strong taste of mustard, or whether it be assisting the children to do their crafts, or telling stories of the Bible, each requires many helpers.

Can we catch a picture of the children going home at night and telling the family some of the wonderful Bible stories they were told?

In these days with more and more things to do and less and less time spent by parents in the home, the teaching of what God expects of them is very often left on the shelf.

Let the Holy Spirit guide us in serving a church in our area where a wonderful blessing is to be found in helping the children, and at the same time serving the Lord.

Matthew 25:23a – His master replied, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" (NIV)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we ask that You will give safe guidance to the children and an understanding of Jesus during summer Vacation Bible Schools. We also ask that you be with all the people helping this summer in the VBS programmes. Amen.

About the author:

Bill Russell <billrussell@rogers.com>
Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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