A couple of years ago, members of a small church in Florida began going into their local communities and having a Vacation Bible School every Saturday.
Games, tables, and learning centers were set up in a field or vacant lot. Kids would come out of the wood-work to learn Bible stories and songs.
What I love about this is that these Christians didn’t keep Jesus inside the walls of their building. They didn’t put up a sign in a local grocery store or an advertisement in the newspaper and sit back and wait. They didn’t invite others to come. Instead, they went to them.
They heeded the words of Jesus: “Go ye therefore into the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15).
They stepped out of the building and out of the box. They took their lights down to the local crime infested neighborhood and threw a VBS. Every week. It was radical. It was unique. It was a lot like Jesus.
Too often we get stuck in a rut. We open the front doors, turn on the lights, and expect others to come to us. We say things like, “We’ve never done it that way before” or “We’re too small to try something like that” and we miss out on many opportunities to teach others about love, grace, and mercy. We start believing that the cross is our destination instead of our starting line.
Jesus knows that we can’t always go to the other side of the world to preach the gospel but he does expect us to make a difference in our little corner of it. It might be time consuming, exhausting, and stressful. It might even be dangerous but it will always be worth it.
Are you ready to change the world? Are your eyes set on Christ? If so, go!