Prayer: Help us to put aside our old ways, Lord, and follow you. Amen.
Reading: Mark 10:17-31 (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: For those of you who are familiar with our legend at Camp Mount Luther, you probably think this is one of our favorite Bible passages! Jesus actually mentions camels! But, as you read the story today, you’ll see that it is a difficult passage. Jesus basically says that it is best to give away all that you own and follow Him.
It’s hard to give up what we have and to change. But recently, I was at a church gathering and was reminded that those of us in Christianity, if we truly believe in resurrection, shouldn’t worry about the old passing away. We are a church built on resurrection. Surely, if something that we are used to now goes away, something even better will arise from that death.
That’s what I think this passage is about, too. We should be willing to put aside old ways, give away possessions, or see something stop because if we truly believe in resurrection, we believe that something even better will come later. Jesus endured the cross but then defeated the grave. We should live in the good of the resurrection.
What do you need to let go of, give away, or see die before something better can come along? When you ask yourself that question, you need to take a serious look at your life and possessions and then choose whether you will change your ways to follow Jesus.
--Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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