Lately I’ve been contemplating freedom.
Imagine with me for a moment what it would be like if there were no barriers to God’s touch on us. No barriers to His desires for us corporately and individually. No barriers to His word taking root in our hearts. No barriers to us experiencing His powerful presence in our midst. No barriers to His saving faith taking over our souls. As I type tears are filling my eyes just imagining the possibilities for transformation that would come with freedom. I want so badly for our gracious God to have freedom in us.
This is why curating worship is in my bones.
Curating worship. What can I do to facilitate freedom? What barriers can we remove so that our people aren’t having to think about ANYTHING but God during our Sunday morning experience. To produce an environment where people experience liminal moments with God. And God can have His perfect will in all of our hearts.
If God desires to change us and make new creations out of us, to give us a heart of flesh for our heart of stone, to dwell in us and use us to image Him to the world, then His freedom in our midst is of primary importance. When He has His way in us, we get to share in His freedom. And His freedom is life for us.
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. –Psalm 119:45
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners -Isaiah 61:1
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. -2 Corinthians 3:17
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. -Galatians 5:1
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. -Ephesians 3:12
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. -James 1:25