Why Does VBS Matter? A Reminder from Lois and Eunice

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But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:14-15).

When Paul wrote his second letter to the young pastor, Timothy, he mentioned how Timothy had known the Scriptures, and what he believed, “from childhood.” Where did he get this knowledge of the Lord from? Paul tells us that too, earlier in his letter:

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well (2 Timothy 1:5).

Paul gives credit to Timothy’s mother and grandmother for their spiritual influence on Timothy. That influence started since he was young and bore great fruit. Children generally have hearts that are soft towards Christ and his Word. That’s one reason Scripture speaks so frequently about teaching children.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to plant seeds of truth!

So why do we do VBS? Because it’s a wonderful opportunity to plant seeds of truth! This one week allows you to be a “Lois” or “Eunice” to children within your own church and even those who do not normally ever attend church. You plant the seeds, trusting that the Holy Spirit will bear the fruit, as only he can do.

Yes, VBS is hard work, and it takes resources (time, finances, and more), but it’s worth it. Paul writes in Romans, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:14). We want children to hear, and the fun-filled VBS week is a great way to do that.

So as you work hard in the coming months to pull off another incredible VBS week, keep Lois and Eunice in mind. You can’t replace the influence a mother or grandmother has. Still, you have an opportunity to be a form of a Lois or Eunice for a week and, Lord willing, into the future as you continue your children’s ministry. Let that encourage you in your service to the Lord and the children in your community!

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