Prayer: Gracious God help us do what you call us to do. Thank you for your guidance and support in our times of struggle. Give us strength to continue on the pathway of our ministries. Help us reach others for you and teach them about your love. AMEN
Reading: Matthew 28:16-20 (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?
The text we just read is when Jesus commissioned his disciples to make other disciples. That is one of the texts I go to when people ask me why I do what I do. It is my calling to teach others about God and Jesus. It really is a calling for all of us, just like it was a commission to all of Jesus’ disciples. I just have the pleasure of making it my career.
The one part of those verses that really stuck out to me this time is that Jesus ends his command with a blessing and reminder. “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” In all our struggles and in all our joyous times Jesus is there. If we question what is happening and when will things ease up – Jesus is there. Whether we worship in person or by watching a service on-line – Jesus is there. When we reunite with friends and family – Jesus will be there.
So – Make Disciples – Baptize – Teach – and remember that Jesus is With Us!!
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