Prayer: As your follower, may I look to you, Lord, to see what I need to do to follow you in better way. Amen.
Reading: Luke 14:25-33 (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: I’m reading a book that is based on the premise that Jesus did not come two thousand years ago but instead came to earth in modern times. It is pretty interesting reading about how Jesus was born in a Motel 6. I just read the part where he resurrects a modern day Lazarus and they have to call in the vault company to open the sealed vault and casket.
There is also a modern retelling of today’s scripture passage. The character of Christ, Eli Shepherd, tells his followers that they must give up everything to follow him. The main characters hesitate, and ask if he really means it.
Which makes me ponder—do I really give up my life to be a follower of Jesus? Today, I’m going to think a little bit about the stuff that gets in my way to truly follow Jesus 100 percent. I hope you will take some time to think about that, too, and make some changes in your life. –Chad Hershberger
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