Please take a moment to answer: on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being low and 10 being high, how would you rank your relationship with Jesus?
How did you do? Is there some room for growth? If so, how are you going to spend your summer intentionally taking some steps to grow in your faith walk with Jesus?
Lutherans like you and I always begin a journey like this remembering who Jesus is and what Jesus has done for us. We just observed Jesus’ death for us on the cross on Good Friday. Sin is the taking of life. We take a life every time our words and actions hurt others to their demise. The price of taking a life is lifeblood. Jesus willingly shed his blood and paid with his life so that we did not have to pay this debt. This is Jesus’ gift to us. We also celebrated Easter where we discovered an empty tomb, a risen Savior, and God’s forever love given to us as a gift as well.
Responding to our Savior’s death and resurrection, we look to take steps to grow in faith. So if you responded to the question above with a 9 or 10, congratulations—share your faith walk by walking beside another person with a lesser score. We need mentors. But if you are like me—on good days an 8, on bad days a 2– let’s be intentional this summer to grow closer to Jesus.
Read your Bible and share what you are thinking about what you read with another person. Don’t worry about being theologically right or deep. Just share and invite another to think and share along with you. Vow to never say, “I’ll pray for you.” Instead, go ahead, right then and there, to pray with and for the person. Dare to post a spiritual reflection on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Pinterest, WhatsApp, QQ, WeChat, Reddit, etc,…with pictures, commentary, &/or video. Read this newsletter with a calendar in hand and make plans on participating in as much as you can to be around people who can help you grow in your walk with Jesus.
God’s grace inspire you to go deeper with our Lord,