Prayer: Lord, help me to figure out what you want today.
Reading: Matthew 10:24-39 (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: There sure is a lot in this story that scares, confuses, and challenges me. This is one challenging text. Jesus teaches the disciples that they will face opposition in their ministry. And we know that they did. Not just opposition but down right stubborn antagonism and deadly hostility. The only corrective in this situation is absolute trust and total commitment.
That commentary didn’t make the passage any less challenging, did it? Absolute trust and total commitment are generally qualities we vest in ourselves. Absolute trust in myself and total commitment to my objectives. Well, that may be a little strong. But don’t we tend to trust ourselves more than we trust others? And our strongest commitment is to that which is important to us?
Today, we are challenged to trust God and be committed to what the Lord wants. Pretty tall order. But there it is. So, how about just one effort. In the next 24 hours be mindful of this: What is just one thing God wants me to do today? Then do it. --Jim Bricker
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