As I am blogging this week, we are in the middle of our Vacation Bible School here at New Durham Chapel. It is an incredibly busy week with many people multi-tasking as we minister to around 130 children each day. I am once again very impressed with by our teens, who are one of our most valuable resources here at the chapel. They are a great blessing to my heart as they minister and work with the younger children. But there is one thing that I have found troubling this week.
The theme of the week is learning to trust God. Tuesday’s theme was “No matter how you feel, trust God” and the memory verse was from the 14th chapter of John’s gospel. The portion of the verse that the children were taught was “Let not your heart be troubled, trust in God”. The thing that bothered me was that whole verse reads “Let not your heart be troubled, believe in God, believe also in me” (NASB). The part that was left out are Jesus’ words “believe also in me”. Those omitted words significantly change the meaning of the verse. The writers of the material adopted this verse to fit with the theme of the day “No matter how you feel, trust God”, but by omitting Jesus’ additional words they leave out the call to trust Jesus. It wouldn’t have altered the theme if they had included those words. It illustrates a principle that is critical for us not to miss. The most important reason we have Vacation Bible School or any ministry is to tell people about Jesus. Our Bible teachers have been doing a great job this week doing that, it’s just too bad the curriculum chose to leave those words out that point the kids to Christ.
It’s interesting also to remember that it isn’t simply enough to “believe in God”. James reminds us in the 2nd chapter of his letter when he writes, “you believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder” (v. 19 NASB). We need to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and put our full faith in His death, burial and resurrection on our behalf. Let’s look for every opportunity to “tell them about Jesus”. To God be the glory for the great things He is doing.
Pastor Rich Sivo