Opening Prayer: 

"Heavenly Father, you sent your Son Jesus to rescue me. Now may I listen to your invitation to be sent in Jesus' name. Amen."

Song for Reflection: God of this City

Scripture Reading: John 14:5-14

Reflection:

"Whoever believes in me will do the works that I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these..." This statement of Jesus suggests that belief is a richer and more powerful relation than we sometimes think! "Belief" can sometimes be reduced to intellectual assent. Or sometimes we understand it in a more Disney-like fashion, reducing "belief" to a kind of wish of the heart. But to believe in Jesus is a personal kind of relating. It is trusting, depending upon, the fact that Jesus is a real person, who really defeated death and rose again, and really has real power because he sits next to the heavenly Father and is concerned about you, listening to you, sending you, and ready to give you his Spirit to help accomplish his mission. 

It's scary and overwhelming to embark on a mission when you're all alone. It's an altogether different experience when you are following someone else's lead, when you are authorized, when you are empowered, and when you go with the promise that God is with you!

Is there a mission or calling that you're afraid to embark on? How might that change when you put your trust in Jesus and remember who he is? and embrace the reality of his authority and power?

Reflection Questions:

Jesus gives his followers a purpose. Today, what is your sense of purpose?

What does this Scripture tell you about your sense of purpose in this life?

We have all kinds of goals in life. But how might God be inviting you to connect to his purposes for your life?

Closing Prayer:

"God, give me the courage to follow you into new places and to new people. In Jesus' name, Amen." 

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