The Reason

Luke 10:40 (ESV)
Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister (Mary) has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”

Vacation Bible School seems to take as many volunteers are there are children in attendance. Across the country Christian congregations are holding VBS. Whether during the day or in the evening the settings are the same. The volunteers arrive hours before the children. The often overwhelmed volunteers work hard to get ready every day. By the end of VBS they are ready to quit, or they feel like it! I wonder if any volunteer has ever uttered, “Lord, tell him/her then to help me.” Of course! Thankfully, Jesus had a response.

This is often the case: the work of the church seems to be put before the listening of the church. Why? We know we’re expected to be a good host to the community … so we clean, we cook, we hold open the doors. Anyway, as for me, I know it is a lot easier for me to work than to listen. (Ha!) Jesus does not condemn Christian work but flips the priority. Jesus teaches us through the example of Mary and Martha to listen first. Listen to the Word of Christ first, and then go to work. I’ve found that listening to the Word may not make the work easier, but it can make it a lot more rewarding. In listening we’ll know the reason for our efforts.

The reason for VBS is to teach about Christ. Why else would we call it Vacation Bible School? (Underlined for emphasis)

Thanks to all teachers about Christ!

About Pastor Steve

Pastor Steve Hodges is an ordained minister, pastoring a church in central Virginia.
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