Prayer: Guide and protect us, dear Jesus, as we follow you. Amen.
Reading: Matthew 16: 21-28 (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 passage today, Jesus foretells his death and resurrection. From his birth, Jesus knew what he had to do. He knew the plan for his life and knew that he would go to Jerusalem and face death.
In some ways, wouldn’t it be nice if we received a map and knew exactly where we were going in life? Of course, like Jesus, we know we will ultimately face death. But between life and death (and taxes) we really don’t know what will happen in between.
Jesus also tells us in this passage that we need to take up our cross and follow him. Maybe (well, probably) if we focused on that, everything else in our lives would just follow suit. If we trust Jesus to take care of things in our life, I’m sure it will turn out great, right? I bet you are thinking like me right now. That’s easier said than done. But I think I’ll take a step today toward following Jesus more. I’ll try to pray a little more today and seek God’s will in my life. Maybe that’s all the map I need in my life. How about you? --Chad Hershberger
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