At the close of our church’s Vacation Bible School, I realized just how easy it can be to put God’s Word into practice. Yeah—easy, I said, given the proper preparation.
We had been inundated with repetition of “Bible points" and “treasure verses.” We heard the same things in the worship time, the songs we sang, the descriptions of the “Bible Buddies” characters (who have the verses on them), the games we played, the stories we saw enacted, the videos we watched, and—yes—even the snack we ate (cheese and crackers arranged in the shape of a cross, for instance). And, there was repetition of prior lessons discussed the next day!
The kids said the points out loud in all their stations. How could they not get the points?! Plus, they had quite a bit of fun learning the Bible. So, grown-ups, what’s our issue? I read Barrack Obama’s comment from a few weeks ago.
“People are just not reading the Bible,” he said.
Not to get into the James Dobson/Obama controversy, but Obama’s quote has some validity. Everyone isn’t reading the Bible. Bible verses are not just things learned in Sunday School or VBS as a child. If we’re “walking the talk,” we need to be reading as regularly as we read the daily Internet news summary or a friend’s blog. We need to find a way to put the "Bible points” into practice.
Simple example from that VBS week: One of my group members—a rising third-grader—said that she didn’t like the cheese on her snack. She wanted a cookie. I said she needed to ask the Snack Helper. She said she was afraid.
“Afraid?!” I said. “What did we learn this week...yesterday…? Jesus gives us the power to be brave! (Bible point) And He gives us the power to help others. (Another Bible point) “Who will help her walk to the Snack Helper to ask for a cookie?” I said.
The other kids in the room caught on immediately and brought the shy girl some cookies.
“And God gave us the power to be thankful. (Yet another Bible point) We learned that on Monday. Thank you for bringing her a cookie!" The connections weren't lost on the girl, the other kids or the Snack Helper--and there were smiles all around.
Three days…3 Bible points. In under 3 minutes, God’s Word in action—Aha!!!!!
Grown-ups, Children of God: Lather, rinse, repeat! Or: Read, use what you have read, repeat!
It could be described as the KISS principle—Keep It Simple (and) Saturate!