Wednesday - Love

Our love propels us to amazing things. The objects of our love, the beloved, responds by shaping and forming us. We live our lives in the direction of the beloved, the people and places we love. For this reason, love is the primary focus of much of Scripture. God desires our desires. When our love is aimed at Christ, salvation is offered in return, the shaping/forming of the Beloved. When our love remains aimed at Him, He seeks to consecrate, purify and sanctify us.

- Nathan Metz

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
— Mark 10:21-22

First Thoughts

Each morning, take a moment in the quiet to meet with Jesus and consider today’s banner: Love.

Today, sit in silence as a practice of contemplative prayer. Feel free to set a timer for 5 to 10 minutes. This sort of prayer is generally wordless – more of a posture of prayer than a conversation out loud with God. Experience God as you behold Him and His love like you might behold a gorgeous sunset. Let go of any mental grasping of God and simply release your mind into the mystery of Who God is. If distractions come, repeat a Scripture or simple words such as, “God, I’m going to listen for You. You may tell me anything You like or we can just be quiet together. I love You.”

Table Talk

Meeting in community is one of the most valuable times at Family Camp. No matter what venue the members of your table attended, they studied the same things you did! Consider discussing these questions with the people around your lunch table!

In your opinion and experience, what is the most compelling characteristic of Jesus? What makes Jesus’s love attractive and meaningful on a personal level, deeper than “Sunday School” or “church” answers?

If you’re a follower of Jesus, how have you seen God’s love shape your life?

How do you desire God’s love to shape your life now?

If you’re not yet a follower of Jesus, how could the love of God change you?


Each day, activities are schedules for a variety of age groups. Click the Schedule link below for today’s activities.


Nathan Metz


Matthew 19:16-24

There are some great conversations that happen around our evening camp fires!As you close out your day, consider bringing one or two of these questions to the group. If you have children to put to bed, consider asking them these questions to help them process things throughout the week.

How has God been speaking with you today?

If you were the young man who approached Jesus in Matthew 19, what do you think Jesus would ask you to give up? What’s the thing you love that Jesus would ask you to give?

In what areas of your life and sin and “happiness” present, instead of love?

What is the most compelling thing about the love of God? How has God’s love done something radically amazing in your life? How is God shaping you to be God’s own Beloved?