Prayer: God, give us the eyes to see all believers as you do because when we are weak then you make us strong. Amen
Reading: Romans 14: 1-12 (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: In today’s scripture, Paul addresses the issue of believers judging other believers based on nonessential issues such as what they eat or an equivalent now-a-days could be what they watch on television. There are some matters that are just not worth arguing about; we are to agree to disagree that everyone lives differently. That is why there is no rhyme or reason to labeling other believers as weak. We are all strong in the Lord because through our weaknesses He makes us strong! And don’t just take my word for it, check out 2 Corinthians 12:9-11! As fellow believers, we are following the same God, and what is essential is loving our neighbors for who they are. We are the children- we are to fellowship, serve and love. God is the Father- leave the judging to Him.
Stemming from the idea from verse three that God has accepted all, I am reminded of a vision that a friend of mine shared with me: Envision our sinful nature as a large city. From the ground we see the different sins (skyscrapers) as different heights, and from that angle we start to judge others based on the size of their sins. But from heaven God sees our sins as two-dimensional shapes, and no one sin is taller than another. This is why we to leave the judging to the Father, because only He gets the birds-eye view. --Anne Harshbarger
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