Today's Lectionary Text
After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up, left everything, and followed him.
Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
In a few days the Special Session of the General Conference will come together. I don’t know what will happen. I don’t know what the vote might be or might not be. I don’t know a lot about what the future holds. There are a lot of unknowns.
In the midst of uncertainties and questions, I do know that Jesus is still saying to us, “Follow Me.” After decisions are made, we, the church, still have a lot of work to do! That is a fact that I do know – the fields are overflowing and needing harvested. Sixty percent of today’s population say they do not go to church. That’s a lot of souls!
While I don’t know what is going to happen at this special session of General Conference, there is something I do know. The God that called me to ministry many years ago, the God that is still calling individuals to follow Him, is pushing us off the map and into uncharted territory. The Church – all of us people of faith – still have work to do. It’s time for a new adventure! In the words of Stephen Curtis Chapman, “Saddle up your horses, we’ve got a trail to blaze, through the wild blue yonder of God’s Amazing grace. Let’s follow our leader into the Glorious unknown. This is the life like no other -- This is the Great Adventure!”
Are you ready to get off the map? I am!
-Rev. Hollie Tapley
Disaster Response Coordinator
Prayer for Reflection
Holy One, help us to start with conviction, to stay calm, stay connected, and stay the course as we hit the trails to new and great adventure.
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