Who Am I? "I finally know my calling"...
In last week’s blog we shared about the challenging journey our interns experience as they start to shed the old clothes of past habits, mistakes, and mindsets and begin to embrace the new identity and new life that is available in Christ Jesus. We see that our men exist at very different stages in this process. Each is genuinely asking, “Who am I?” Our Men’s Development staff led by Ted, is steadily guiding and equipping them to answer that question.
Last week Ted’s message to our interns went beyond the realization of our position as a member of God’s family. Another question was posed. If we accept that we can be new through the gift of redemption provided by the Lord, what does this transformation require us? Is it enough to be reconciled to God? Can we rest in that reality or is there more to this gift?
“… Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them… And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him… So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!’” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15,18-20
Now, as redeemed members of God’s family we have a task set before us and it involves reconciliation. It’s not about us anymore- it’s about God! It’s about bringing others into the family! To simply hoard the gift of new life wouldn’t do it justice. We cannot keep it to ourselves, it must be shared!
So this brings us back to the original question: Who am I? Today this question was answered by our intern Jason. “I finally know my calling,” he shared. “I’m going to help men like me.” Men like Jason? Men with broken pasts, men with insecurities, men with struggles. Who better to serve these men than the one who has walked in their shoes? Jason has totally grasped the message! He has accepted his position as a child of God, he’s embracing the new wardrobe of Jesus, but more than that, he’s prepared to act as an ambassador of this gift.
Jason is our most recent reminder of why Homes of Hope exists. We build homes, but more than that, we care deeply for the lives entrusted to our care. Compelled by the love of Christ, we are God’s ambassadors to our tenants and interns. We love to see them flourish as they grab on to new hope!
Dear Lord, let us always be reconcilers; it’s not about us.