One of the most exciting things about summer is the anticipation of Vacation Bible School! It has been a wonderful encouragement for me to watch our teachers and workers making Biblical scenery, filling the walls with Bible verses, moving furniture to accommodate more children, and baking cupcakes for family night.
Of course, most churches do this on a smaller scale weekly for Sunday School and Children’s Church. The concentration of Bible teaching for several hours is even more impactful.
Our wonderful teachers and workers in our churches are simply extensions of dedicated parents and grandparents, who understand the tremendous calling to teach the next generation the Word of God. While the public schools have our children and grandchildren the majority of the time, the teaching of God’s Word in these classrooms is forbidden. But it has never been the responsibility of the government to teach them. It is the responsibility of parents to see that their children are trained in the Word of God, and to seek out a Bible preaching, God honoring church that offers reinforcement and help.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
We all wonder at times what our calling is in this life. We all question if we are really fulfilling our mission in this life. We ask if we will fulfill our God-given destiny. While there are many giftings, many talents, many callings, and many purposes in this life, it is a fact that one of the highest callings of our generation is to pass to the next generation the Biblical truths that have been handed down to us.
Somehow we must pass the torch of a deep and abiding love and devotion to the Word of God. And I know in a society where secular humanism reigns; where relativism is taught in public school; where tolerance is the religion of our day, this task of teaching God’s Word to our children must be a quality, purposeful decision on our part.
Judy Vaught are ministers at Calvary Assembly of God in Mount Airy.