Prayer: Dear Lord, I, a faithful servant to your heavenly house, a servant small and delicate like a mustard seed, commit myself to you. Amen.
Reading: Luke 17: 5-10 (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: I remember when my grandmother used to wear a necklace around her neck with a small globe as the pendant. In this globe was a mustard seed, so small and delicate. As a child, I never fully understood the meaning of this.
The reference to the mustard seed in the first part of this passage is significant because it represents the Great power that is obtained from having faith in God. Even with the smallest amount of faith (the size of a mustard seed), we, as Christians, are given the great power of God’s love. Similarly, in verses 7-10, we are reminded that in comparison to God, we are no more than slaves. As Christians of faith, we must devote ourselves to God the way a servant devotes his life to a master. Thus, we are as small and delicate as the mustard seed in comparison to God, our master.
With this in mind, I now see that my grandmother’s necklace is more than a symbol of faith. It is also a symbol of servitude, the servitude of committing oneself to God’s will. --Courtney Dunn
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