We often reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on December 17, 2013.
Prayer: We give you thanks, Lord, for loving us. Just as we are. Amen.
Reading: Luke 3: 7-18 (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: When Jesus came to John the Baptist to be baptized, John told Him that he should be getting baptized by Christ, not the other way around. But Jesus insisted and John baptized Him.
Many times, we may feel unworthy of the love that God has given us. We may feel that we do not deserve the blessings He has bestowed on us. We may feel like worthless sinners who should not be honored by God.
Look to the manger. God sent Jesus Christ to live as a human. Look at how humble He was and how He was just like us. He was born of a woman and endured life on earth. We may feel unworthy, but as it says in scripture, we all fall short of the Glory of God. Despite that, He loves us as His children. For this, we should be thankful.
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