I hope this is something you might be able to use during your mission trip this summer.Â This devotion is inspired by one our crew devotions this summer at Group Mission Trips.
Say: Today’s verse starts with the work “Look!” – which is something like when someone yells “Hey!” at you.Â How you react to that may depend on the person who’s doing the yelling.Â If you weren’t expecting it and your parents yelled “Hey!” – what would your first thought be?
- A teacher
- The police
- Your youth leader/pastor
- Your best friend
Say: What if God yelled “Hey!” to you – so clear you could hear it?Â What would you think?Â Something good, bad, curious, scary, or what?
Say: Can someone read our verse for today?Â It’s Revelation 21:5 New Living Translation. (have a volunteer read the verse, and then continue)
Say: Sometimes we can assume that God is always going to talk to us like a police officer, or give us bad news, or yell at us about doing something wrong.Â But this verse doesn’t sound anything like that.Â Jesus is getting our attention so that we can see the amazing, wonderful, life-changing, miraculous NEW things he is doing.Â That’s good news.Â This week, as Jesus is trying to get your and my attention, he is doing it so we hear good news and see him doing good work.Â Jesus is making everything new.Â That’s great news!
Think about and answer this question for a minute: What is Jesus already doing in this mission trip to make things new?
(Pause to allow everyone time to think about the question)
Close in prayer asking God to help you see how Jesus will be working for the rest of the week making everything new.