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Day 25 of Lent: Being adventurous

Posted on Wed, Apr 03, 2019

adventure-1807524_1920Would you describe yourself as an adventurous person? You might want to qualify that and ask “What kind of adventure are you talking about?. Each one of us has our own definition or idea of adventure.  A basic dictionary definition is: “an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory.” I am guessing that there are a few words in the basic definition which might scare you a little – “typically hazardous” “unknown territory." 

You may remember a previous devotion talked about “stepping outside your comfort zone” You could say that about our Bible verse for today “Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.” (Philippians 4:14).

I am guessing your first reaction when you read that verse might have been something like this “I’ve got enough troubles of my own, why do I need to share in someone else’s trouble?"

The adventure we are talking about in today’s devotion is going on an adventure which God asks us each to do.  Perhaps you’ve heard it summed up this way “being your brother’s (sister’s) keeper.  Do you remember way back at the beginning of time when Cain sarcastically said to God about his brother, Abel “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Especially in our day and age people are reluctant to get involved in someone else’s “business." We don't want to be labeled as “nosy” or “interfering” or some other title.  Because of current world circumstances people are often very private and don’t want other people knowing all the secrets of their life.

The whole idea of being your brother’s/sister’s keeper is the Christian concept of caring for each other and helping one another carry a burden.  That is certainly an adventure. But it doesn’t come without a promise from God. Our verse for today is preceded by a well-known and loved Bible verse “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13).  God asks you to go on this adventure and he promises to be with you and support you.

I think you’ve figured out that we’re talking about a whole different kind of adventure.  Let’s not give up on being adventurous for God and being our brother’s/sister’s keeper.  God bless you as you care for one another in true Christian love!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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