Confession 349: VBS and Acts 2 Living

All the believers were united and shared everything.  They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them.  Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity.  They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.  Acts 2:44-47

Last week was our annual VBS week.  I have to confess, I LOVE VBS week!  I love the energy and excitement.  I love the eager anticipation and  expectation.  I love the festive transformation our church always undergoes through bright and colorful decorations–even the ceilings!  I love the cooperation and teamwork.  I love that all of the leaders bring their best with them–a willingness to work, a positive outlook, and engaging smiles.

As I was walking into the sanctuary to help lead music one evening, it struck me.  VBS is a perfect model of Acts 2 living.

In Acts 2, we see that all the believers were united and shared everything.  VBS unites our congregation under one common mission–to give kids in our community the opportunity to experience God and grow in faith.  Over half of our congregation participates in some way in VBS.  We all share the responsibility–from cleaning and decorating, preparing meals, and handing out invitations to leading groups, teaching, and participating in mission projects–everyone takes an active role.  Everyone gives of their time, their talents, their energy, and even their money in order to create the wonderful experience kids around the community have come to know and love.

In Acts 2, we also see that the believers daily meet together, eat together, worship together, and pray together.  The same is true during VBS week.  Those who participate in VBS meet together daily.  We share a meal.  We worship.  We pray.  We become a community within a community.  And, like the believers in Acts 2, we do all of this in order to demonstrate God’s goodness to everyone.

I often wonder what would happen if we carried our focus, our determination, our sense of unity and purpose, our willingness to serve, and our excitement for sharing God’s goodness beyond VBS week.  What would our churches look like if we approached every week like VBS week?  What if our church mission statements became our focus and fueled our purpose?  What if we always served with excitement and passion?  What if we were always willing to offer our time, our resources, and our talents to any endeavor our churches might be pursuing?  What if we brought an open mind and positive outlook to each ministry of the church?  What if everyone in the congregation participated in the daily life of the church, from cleaning and decorating to teaching and serving, in order to demonstrate God’s goodness to everyone?

Acts 2 tells us that by actively working together, by sharing all they had, by worshipping together, by having a singular purpose and mission, the Lord added daily to their numbers.  The message is clear: if we want our churches to be vibrant, to be growing…if we want to help others come to know Christ…then we need to make every week VBS week.

Blessings and Peace,