My favorite VBS song from childhood was “The B-I-B-L-E.” I remember singing it at the beginning of every day of VBS, and the words became a part of me.
Yes, that’s the Book for me.
I stand alone on the Word of God.
I take it along with me.
I read and pray and then obey
The Bible is treasured truth. It reveals God and the way of salvation. Life without the Bible is darkness and hopelessness.
At VBS as a child, I learned to devote my life to the B-I-B-L-E. I learned to make the Bible “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps 119:105). I learned to treasure God’s word in my heart so that I might not sin against him (Ps 119:11). I learned to hear in its pages the voice of the Lord thundering (Ps 29:3).At VBS as a child, I learned to devote my life to the B-I-B-L-E. Click To Tweet
As we grow older, it can be easy to set aside the basics. Maybe we forget that the Bible is the book for us because we have such easy access to a copy of God’s word. We forget men like William Tyndale who lived in a time when translating the Bible into English was illegal. We forget that he gave his life. He was strangled and his body was burned. Embedded in every English Bible today, in every bookstore across the world is a price, not in dollars and cents, but paid already in blood. Why did Tyndale and others pay that price for us? Because they were convinced that the Bible was the book that English-speaking people desperately needed.Embedded in every English Bible across the world is a price, not in dollars, but paid in blood. Click To Tweet
It’s so easy to avoid the Bible—to take it to church (if we even do that in the digital age), bring it home, set it down, and not touch it until next Sunday. It’s even easy to read it daily and not expect the words to change us. It’s easy to forget the simple formula I learned at VBS: “read and pray and then obey the B-I-B-L-E.”
As an adult, my faith has matured. But I haven’t left behind the foundation of the B-I-B-L-E that I learned in VBS. I’ve built upon that foundation. Today, one of my favorite verses is from “Amazing Grace,” but it carries much the same message as that song I learned in childhood.
The Lord has promised good to me.
His Word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.
This is the second in a series on VBS. For the whole series, click here. We want to partner with you to teach your kids about God’s plan for the world that we call “Missions.” Check out the resources we’ve put together to help with your church’s VBS missions offering.