Today’s Word: ‘Free’ as in… we haven’t been set free from the things that hold us back and oppress us just to be free; we’ve been set free from the things that hold us back so that we can move all things forward!
In the epic story of the Exodus – the freedom of God’s people from oppression in Egypt – God did more than just “get them out of there!” God didn’t merely set the Israelites free from something. God set them free for something. God set them free to be a blessing to the world.
The language we have for this is “blessed to be a blessing.”
It’s a temptation so live in one-dimensional blessing: “God has blessed me! Amen! Thank you God!”
That’s not the point. That was never the point. In fact, that just may be a little narcissistic.
God didn’t bless Abram just so he could have a great day. God blessed Abram so the entire human community could have a great day.
Three dimensional blessing acknowledges that God does set people free from oppression; God blesses – or sets people free in order to work toward setting all people free! The way that we live into that is to understand that we’ve been given freedom from the things that hold everyone back so that we can free everyone to move forward! What an epic story we get to tell together!