Day FIVE: Oct 18-24

Mission and Vision Part 5: BECOME

Breath deep today. 

God is with you today. And, he is speaking to you. Remind yourself of the campfire scene that we walked upon yesterday. 

Now, add others to the campfire. You may be surprised by who is invited. Think of the person you have recently  had the most conflict with. They’re invited. Think of the person with whom you disagree politically with. They’re invited. 

Read out loud:

27 Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. 28 So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.

Luke 5:27–28 (NLT)

Levi was (understandably) despised by many around him. He had joined with the Romans and extracted heavy taxes from his fellow Jews. As one author said (who I can’t recall at the moment), “Levi had cracked a few Jewish shins” in order to perform his job.

And, he was called to be among the disciples. 

Now, picture your (real or perceived) enemy across you at the fire. They are here for the same reason you are: Jesus. 

Not all who are invited will come into the safe and transformative campfire, but we are to allow Jesus to change our hearts so we are ready for them when they accept the invitation to join Jesus’ band of apprentices. 

Say this prayer:

Lord, I thank you for the invitation to be here.
Help me to see people like you see them.
Help me to extend the same grace I have been given.

Next week, we will begin our series through the book of Galatians. I encourage you to read through it. See you soon!

Isaac Hovet
Isaac Hovet

Isaac has been the Lead Pastor at New Hope since 2016. He graduated from Life Pacific University and has served in numerous roles including his previous role as Lead Pastor at Cottage Grove Faith Center in Cottage Grove Oregon. Isaac is married to Donia, and together they have three children.

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