Prayer: As we figure out what you are calling us to do, help us to relieve our doubts, heavenly Father, and do your work in this very place. Amen.
Reading: Acts 9:1-20 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: In our lessons for this Sunday, I think God is reminding us that God wants us to be on God’s Superhero Squad. Yesterday, we read the story of the disciples having breakfast with Jesus after the resurrection. They were fishing, which is an imagery often used in the Bible to remind us that we need to “fish for people.” God wants us to reach out to all people, cast our Christian nets, and make disciples for Christ. Rest assured, just like we saw in yesterday’s gospel, if we have a lot of new fish for Jesus, the nets will not tear. There is enough room in God’s church for everyone! If we are doubtful that we can do it, we need to listen for Jesus’ voice, just like the disciples did. He will tell us where to cast our nets and who to reach out to. He knows where the waters are perfect for fishing!
You may have doubts and think, “I’m not worthy enough.” Well, look at Peter. He denied his Lord three times, but was restored by Jesus and is the “rock” that the whole church is built on. He is given another chance. If Jesus will do that for Peter, don’t you think he’ll do it for you?
We also see that in our reading today from Acts. Saul, who persecuted people for their Christian beliefs, is changed by God and given a second chance. He even becomes a very prolific writer and apostle of God following his conversation experience that we read about today. How did he do that? With God’s help, of course.
What is God calling you to do? Remember, it is God’s work, just our hands. God will be with us and give us strength, even if we have our doubts! --Chad Hershberger
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