By Steve Horn
This week is the week of Vacation Bible School for our church. I know that we are not alone. Would you stop right now and pray not only for us but for others investing in children this summer?
I read recently the results of a Lifeway Christian Resources poll which indicated that 2/3 of Americans plan to send their children to a VBS this summer. This is an astounding number. What an opportunity!
Why then is VBS so important?
Their Futures are at stake!
The future of every child begins with a strong foundation.
• Their salvation is dependent upon hearing and responding to the Word of God.
Paul declared, “So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
• Their strength is developed by hearing and responding to the Word of God.
The Psalmist summed up the power of the Word of God.
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping Your word. (Psalm 119:9)
• Their success in the God endeavors of life is dependent upon obeying the Word of God.
Read Joshua 1:8. “This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to meditate on it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.”
Our Futures are at stake!
But, not only their futures but our futures are tied to the keeping of the Word of God. By that, I mean both our keeping the Word of God and others keeping the Word of God. This is a plan for the nation. This is a plan for conquest and occupation of the Promised Land. This was not just a word for Joshua; this was a word for the entire nation.
How can America become a more righteous nation? Our future as a nation may well be tied to thousands of Vacation Bible Schools happening around our nation this summer.
This editorial first appeared on Steve Horn’s blog. Horn is pastor of First Baptist Church in Lafayette and a former Louisiana Baptist Convention president.