When you think of VBS, what do you consider “must haves” in order to prepare. I’m sure the list would be as varied as our personalities. I wish we could compare notes over a cup of coffee! Regardless of the things that make up our individual lists, I hope that we would all list the same thing first… the Bible!
Your Bible isn’t just something you put in the stack of stuff to take to VBS. It’s the most powerful tool you have. More than that, it is the most powerful weapon in your arsenal (Hebrews 4:12).
What kind of spiritual impact would our VBS efforts have if we prepared our hearts and spirits first? Regardless of the curriculum you or your church have chosen, pick up your Bible and the Bible content outline and invest time reading the passages directly from God’s Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten your heart to the truth God has just for you in those passages. Ponder the daily Bible verse. Here’s a radical idea – memorize the daily Bible verses! Let them mingle with your thoughts as you go about your daily routine.
After you spend time with the Scripture and prayer, the leader devotions can help you focus on key elements in the Bible background. If you are using LifeWay’s VBS 2011 Big Apple Adventure™, these devotions are available in many of the leader guides and also online in both printable and audio versions!
My church’s VBS is just a few short weeks away! I think a cup of coffee and some quiet time sound great right about now. Care to join me?