For today's devotional, again 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: Luke 4: 16-21
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?)
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, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Write your own "mission statement." Start by writing "God's mission for me is..." and complete the sentence.