A Guest Post By Gracie McGeehon
It’s hard to believe we’ve been here in cloudy Los Angeles for close to a month. God has accomplished and provided so much for us here (18 of us getting the same job with the same schedule!! What!!) and we’ve just had to willingly walk up the mountain with our hands wide open. It is through His intense and endless love that God has melted my hard heart, giving me a deep love for this city, from the tinsel town of Hollywood to the beautiful hills of Beverly.
The schedule for this current Leadership Training program is saturated with the phrase “2.0” in comparison to the “1.0” LT of last summer, and it is a phrase we have found ourselves saying a lot. “Sean we don’t have any napkins!” “2.0 Gracie!” “Sean we don’t have any blankets” “2.0!” But this 2.0 LT didn’t just extend to our eating and sleeping comfort levels, no, God wanted to go much deeper than that.
When we heard we were having 5-6 girls accountability groups where we brought our sin into the light it’s wasn’t a surprise we heard the phrase, “2.0 ladies!” right along with it. This was intimidating for me. I’ve only ever had accountability partners meaning one person so the thought of confessing my sins to a group was intimidating to say the least. But, God didn’t leave me to figure out things on my own and the next morning I read this familiar story in Luke 5:
“Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.’”
After reading this story I knew I was viewing accountability groups and this area of growth wrong. There are five aspects to this story that God wanted to show me:
1.) The paralytic first had to identify the pain and hurt in his life to be able to take it to Jesus.
He had to pursue his healing.
2.) Then the paralytic had to find the courage to bring that pain and hurt to his friends
People grow where they feel accepted.
3.) His friends had to help carry the paralytic to Jesus, cutting away the lies and deceit that made up the roof of the house.
His friends took ownership of his pain.
4.) His friends lowered him to Jesus’ feet to be healed.
5.) And lastly, it said Jesus saw “their” faith.
We all have a part to play in each others healing.
Looking around at this LT crew I see a lot of similar stories. Second generation christians born in the GCC movement. We had life in godliness handed to us on a silver platter right? Wrong. If there has been one common theme this summer in LA it has been one of healing from past hurts. We all have hurts that we would rather keep buried deep down never to see the light of day, but that’s not the life God calls us to. He calls us to pursue our own healing, to identify the hurts and pains in our own lives so we can forgive. Then he calls us to share that pain with others so they can help bring us and our pain to Jesus. Most of the time this process is painful, it involves cutting through a roof built of self-preservation and lies. But the end is always worth it. To be at Jesus’ feet fully accepted and completely known. We must strive for that.
We all have a part to play in each other’s healing.
Having this be my first LT, I don’t understand most of the 2.0 references in comparison to the 1.0 LT of last summer but if a life of godliness is lived out in a community of large accountability groups then I will walk up that mountain with my hands wide open.