“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now life in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” ~ Galatians 2:20
Vacation Bible School is always an exciting time in our church. We spend weeks planning, distributing fliers, and just doing what we can to make it a great week for the kids. A LOT of kids from the community come every year because we have a great program. Our teachers, leaders and helpers are a well-oiled machine.
Every year God also always shows us that it is not us doing the work, but Himself. This year we did not get as many fliers distributed as we normally do. This was due to the huge rains we got, which always seemed to come on nights when we were supposed to go out. There were no banners up this year. I am not sure if there was even a newspaper article. Yet kids came. More kids than we have had in years!
Every year God stretches me in VBS. When our director, Julie, asked what I wanted to do for VBS I told her, “Oh, I have done everything, so put me wherever you need me.” So I was assigned to be treasurer. Done that before – I’ll be fine. Then Monday afternoon came. “Leah, the van is already full of kids… would you be able to drive the city route for the week too?” WOW! Never done that before. Sure! So now we have two full-size vans going out to pick up kids, and tomorrow my mom will take my minivan to pick up kids as well.
The song “Not I, but Christ” has new meaning to me now as I see Him working through our church this week. He has a way of taking me off my pedestal of experience and self-righteousness and putting me right where I ought to be, which is on my knees in awe of what He is doing. He is showing me new areas of ministry that I haven’t really focused on… ever.
Zoe and I get a kick out of listening to these kids talk. They are so funny. I will probably put in an entry of funny comments from the week after VBS is over. The Lord touched my heart today though as I drove the kids to church this morning. One girl, who is very bubbly, perks up and says, “Let’s all sing ‘Jesus Loves the Little Children'” Immediately they all started in singing. These kids are being exposed to the love of Christ this week, and they may have never had that opportunity before. They are soaking in God’s Word, which is promised not to return empty.
What a privilege to be serving our all-sufficient Savior!
Not I, but Christ, be honored, loved, exalted;
Not I, but Christ, be seen, be known, be heard;
Not I, but Christ, in every look and action;
Not I, but Christ, in every thought and word.
Not I, but Christ, to gently soothe in sorrow;
Not I, but Christ, to wipe the falling tear;
Not I, but Christ, to lift the weary burden;
Not I, but Christ, to hush away all fear.
Not I, but Christ, in lowly, silent labor;
Not I, but Christ, in humble, earnest toil;
Christ, only Christ! no show, no ostentation;
Christ, none but Christ, the gatherer of the spoil.
Christ, only Christ, ere long will fill my vision;
Glory excelling, soon, full soon, I’ll see —
Christ, only Christ, my every wish fulfilling —
Christ, only Christ, my All in all to be.