Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on March 15, 2013.
Prayer: Help us to do your work, dear God, and be your hands in this world. Amen.
Reading: Luke 4: 14-21 (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 this passage, Jesus' mission is outlined for us. Jesus recounts the prophecy of Isaiah and tells the people of Nazareth that he is the one who is fulfilling this prophecy. He tells the people that he has come to save them. Of course we know that he was the one to save us from sin. That was his mission.
What is your mission in life? Or rather, what is God's mission for you? As you journey through life and through your spiritual walk, you sometimes must make decisions and choices about which road to take, which path to follow. Are the decisions you make leading you closer to accomplishing your mission? --Chad Hershberger
Closing: Write your own "mission statement." Start by writing "God's mission for me is..." and complete the sentence.
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