“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
Free to what?
Free to live. Free to love. Free to approach our Father once again without the barrier of sin, shame, and guilt that used to hold us back.
God’s Word is life-giving.
Jesus came to give life. (John 10:10) And not just a life someday when we die and go to heaven. He came to give us life today and everyday we have left on this side of the grave.
The whole idea of being set free must mean that we are freed from something. It implies a sense of escapes. 2 Peter tells us that knowledge of God and a grasp of His “precious and very great promises” is our way to escape the corruption (a.k.a. Death) of sin. (2 Peter 1:4)
Like a pep talk from a loved one or an encouraging letter from a friend, God’s Word energizes us to press on in this escape. Press on into the life that can be ours in Christ. His word motivates us to take on each day with boldness and bravery. His Word encourages us to grow. Creating a safe place for us to fail forward. A safe place for us to learn from our mistakes. A safe place to dust off our knees and get back up again.
God’s Word will breathe life into you when you are weary. It will nourish you day after day if you let it. Sometimes it will feel like you are drinking from a fire hydrant. Other days it will feel like a simple (dare I say, not interesting) meal. Either way, like the manna that fell from the sky for the Israelites, God’s Word is able to give you what you need for each day.
Seek out the nourishing, life-giving work of the Word. Come to the table day after day expecting to eat. Expecting to receive something that will help you make it through the days God has give you here on this earth.