April 22, 2016

Read Matthew 19:13-15

“Children left unattended will be given a shot of espresso and a free puppy.” This sign humorously reflects the very real sentiment of the owner of one of my favorite coffee shops. No one wants to be burdened by children left unsupervised. The question of whether or not to intervene in their inappropriate antics is one I have never comfortably settled for myself. Adult conversation is difficult to have when they are around, let alone being able to concentrate on reading or studying, which are precisely the reasons I go to coffee shops. However, much to the chagrin of many, the church is no coffee shop.

While many of the activities of a healthy church are rather quiet and orderly, it seems sometimes we forget that noisy, smelly, disorderly children are also a part of a healthy church. I believe it was no mistake that this account of Jesus welcoming the little children to Himself came as He taught on divorce. Where better for little children to seek comfort than in His lap? Families are suffering, and that means children are suffering. The church needs to be a refuge for these young ones. Each year at Vacation Bible School we share the gospel with hundreds of area children. Most are probably too young to comprehend what it would mean to surrender their life to Christ, but gospel seeds are planted, awaiting the time when the Holy Spirit will bring them forth. In the meanwhile, we plant and water and nurture. Love, acceptance, and yes, even fun and games, are all a part of that watering and nurturing. VBS needs workers. We need those who will sow the gospel, but we also need those who will pour juice, play games, glue Popsicle sticks, and, love on kids. If these children remember nothing from VBS other than the church was a fun place filled with nice people, God can use that. VBS is important. Prayerfully consider how you can help. It’ll be fun. You may even get to dance, shout, and run in the halls.

One great way to weave worship into our daily lives is to fill it with music that helps focus our hearts on our great God.  Here is a Spotify playlist that has all the songs our worship team has led us through in the last month’s Sunday evening services to get you started. http://bit.ly/GBCPMThisMonth It’s updated weekly, so “follow” it to keep fresh worship music in your life.