We had an amazing week at VBS last week, and continue to thank God for all He has done through it. As I reflect back, I am reminded that Jesus calls us to learn from children, and even be like children!
Matthew 18:3-4, Jesus says “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
So what did I learn from the 90 kids I saw all last week?
Kids are not afraid to ask.
When they need something, they ask for it. They don’t think about how big or small a request is. They don’t wonder if they are inconveniencing someone or even if their request is possible. They just ask. And God wants us to always go to Him and ask! (Matthew 7:7-11)
Kids don’t care what other people think.
Watching the kids worship God, play games, and respond to Jesus in the Bible lesson time, I was reminded that they don’t worry about what the people around them are thinking. They just do it. Even on Sunday at our church service in the park, it was inspiring to see the number of kids hands go up requesting prayer. And a big part of that is they don’t worry about what others think about them. (Galatians 1:10)
Kids are willing to learn.
Although it can seem a daunting challenge to manage the chaos of 90 VBS kids in one building each night, we forget about how teachable kids are. Usually a child is willing to take what someone teaches them, understand it as truth, and then respond to it. Yet the older we get, we often lose our ability to learn and respond like children. (Proverbs 9:9, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Kids have Faith.
Kids just believe. This is why we need to always be careful to teach them the truth. But as we teach kids, they put their faith in action and believe. It’s why I know God used David as a young boy to slay a giant…..because he was the only one out of the thousands of soldiers who really believed in the power of God! We need faith the size of a mustard seed. We need faith like a child. (Luke 17:5)
And when you look at all four of these qualities in a child, it boils down to a heart of humility, which is exactly what Jesus meant when He said, “unless you turn and become like children….”. We must take our hearts of pride, and lower ourselves in status, and even in ability sometimes, to become humble, and trust God like a kid again.