Who am I? Part 1

pic-of-interns-0071The morning starts early for the men in our intern program. They start each day at 6:45am as they drive in from where they live at Samaritan Village to gather together for a time of praise and worship and Biblical instruction by our men’s development staff before beginning that day’s construction and landscaping projects. Central to our mission in providing a second chance for men overcoming addictions is the goal of discipleship & helping the men to realize their identity in Christ- their potential for a new life! Tuesday morning’s teaching was intrinsic to this focus as Executive Director of Men’s Development, Ted Cochran, led the men in a devotion focused on identity.

“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.” Galatians 3: 26-29

For the men who have come to Homes of Hope after years, or quite often decades, of poor habits, destructive mindsets, shame, and pure brokenness, the message contained within these verses is critical. Some admit plainly that they don’t know who they are. Some are torn between the promise of a new life and the claws of their past- the only life they’ve ever known. Some have tasted and seen that the Lord is good, but want to know how to walk out their purpose.

picture-003To be called an heir of the Almighty God is a profound statement that requires a profound shift inone’s thinking about one’s self. No longer are we wrapped in the sins of our past, but rather we shed them and become draped in the wardrobe of Christ. Daily we encourage our men to throw out the old clothes and put on the new. Who wants to wear rags when robes of righteousness are available? We see that some of the men in our program are scared to look in the new closet, while some are ready for a full-blown catwalk! We trust that God is faithful in leading these transitions. Won’t you join us in prayer for our men, and prayer for the staff? We’ve got the new clothes (thank you Jesus) – let us not be afraid to wear them well!