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The promised land… kind of


So, it’s not exactly flowing with Milk and Honey, but it was promised to us, and we’ve dealt with a lot to get there, but we’ve moved into the place where we are setting up camp!

This past Sunday was the first time that our group has met in the room together. It was a little surreal, but I loved it. It was uncomfortable for us to all be together, but I loved it. We had to sit close to each other, and people had to look me in the eye, since we were so close, but I loved it.

Sunday, our student community started feeling a little less “student-like” and a lot more “community-like”. We talked and laughed and shared. I enjoyed the time in that room more than I have in a long time. The room isn’t completely done, but we’re using it anyway.

This new room has been a real metaphor for our ministry as a whole. It’s gone through a lot of changes and the exterior has been many different things.  It’s rough around the edges, and is in no way perfect. It has some flaws that can’t be covered, no matter how many times we paint.  Jesus warned against this same tendency in Luke 11:39-41.

Then the Lord said to him, “You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and wickedness! Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside? So clean the inside by giving gifts to the poor, and you will be clean all over.”

Even more of a metaphor are the other parts of the room. It may be almost falling apart, but there is potential. There are things that can be fixed, and there are somethings that just simply are the way they are. But it’s those things that add character and remind us of where we’ve been; of what used to be there.  It’s always changing and becoming something better.  There’s something great happening here, and the changes are tough, but are amazing to see the resulting product. The insides are changing too. We aren’t dependent on the things that aren’t vital to what the inside is really about. There are many things that we could do to make things look better, but that’s not what we’re interested in. We’re committed to making the inside what will honor Christ, before we worry about the outside.

What about you? What has distracted you from the heart of Christ? What has got you focused on cleaning the outside of the cup, instead of worrying about the inside first? Let’s commit this week to not being normal, passive, satisfied and content with just cleaning the outside. We’re still a work in progress.


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  1. Gina Duncan permalink

    Reading your posts, I know that God has His hand on this ministry. Tell me how Gary & I can help you via long distance except for continual prayer….

    • Thanks Gina! You guys are great. Just keep praying for us. We need that more than anything! We’re praying for you guys too!

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