For today's devotional, we will use the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which will also be a big part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers this summer. First, read the passage and then discuss the four questions below. Conclude by reading the reflection and ponder the quote presented.
Reading: Matthew 6: 19-21
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text? (or for younger kids, which part of the story doesn’t make sense to me?)
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text? (or for younger kids, what is my favorite part of the story?)
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me? (or for younger kids, what does this story remind me of?)
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text? (or for younger kids, what is God or Jesus doing in this story?)
You've probably heard the saying, "You can't take it with you" referring to the fact that we come into this earth with nothing and we leave with nothing. I think that is important to remember. So much emphasis is put on material goods in our world and the idea of having more being better. But, when we check out of our earthly lives, we will leave with nothing.
What we as Christians do have is the promise of eternal life. We know we are going to a better place where we will see God face-to-face. What a prospect! So don't get caught up with having more than your neighbor. Some day, you'll have exactly the same thing-- nothing! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Discuss with others or reflect on this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen."