A favorite pair of old tennis shoes, a well worn stuffed chair in front of the TV, or that old baseball cap that has seen better days. All of these things are old and comfortable! But in the Christian life, God often asks us to leave our comfort zones. God calls us to be open to the new thing He is doing.
Remaining “comfortable” and growing in the Spirit, don’t always go together. Spiritual growth calls each of us to let go of the old and open ourselves to the new thing that God is doing. Staying the way we are, not risking the courageous step of healing, can be much more comfortable!
When Jesus learned of the man who had been an invalid for 38 years, (see John 5) he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” The response from the man was “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”
Many guests have come through the doors of Grace House and we are grateful to DCC for that place of hospitality since 2004. Today though, God is again doing something new in the ministry of Grace in Action! New doors are opening as partner churches help fulfill the mission that we have been working toward for the past three years. We are excited about expanded partner collaboration and faithfully carrying out God’s call to better equip the churches to serve the poor and marginalized in our community.
As Grace in Action endeavors to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, we are once again asking, “Where is God already at work in this ministry, and how can we join God there? (See Experiencing God by Blackaby and King. )
More of our guests are seeking individual assistance in order to leave their homeless way of life. Former guests who are now housed, want fellowship time and Bible Study offered in their own neighborhoods. In other words, they are saying that they WANT to pick up their mat and walk! Yes, there are still those who are comfortable remaining homeless. Some of them have no interest in leaving their comfort zone. “The old way is just fine,” they say.
I believe that Jesus could have healed the man by the pool without asking him if he wanted to get well. But He asked the question anyway. I believe he asked the question because Jesus needed to know that the man was “invested” in his own healing! Jesus needed to know that he really wanted to get well, to change his life, to turn around and go a new direction (repent) in order to become free from bondage.
Now is the time to let go of the comfortable and make room for the NEW thing that God has prepared for His Beloved Children. Our new program schedule is that new thing! I encourage you to check our website on a regular basis for updates and read New News in the sidebar of this newsletter for more details. Please note that spiritual direction, guest services, and snacks will continue to be available to our guests.
God is on the move and since we seek to follow Him, so is the ministry of Grace in Action! Praise God! We value your ongoing support and prayers as we move into new territory.
With gratitude for your prayers and support,
Program and Spiritual Director