I’ve freed a thousand slaves and I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves. – Harriet Tubman
Freedom releases us from fear. I am free from rejection. Free from condemnation. Free from judgment. Free!
Dance with me, friends.
Tullian writes in his book, Jesus + Nothing = Everything
, “The gospel frees us to work and live from the secure basis of faith
, not fear. We obey from the secure basis of grace, not guilt. And nothing could be more liberating.”
The Gospel frees me to live life through the Spirit. I dance as if no one is watching - free from performing - and yet I dance knowing others are watching. May my dance be an invitation to join.
Paul wrote a letter to the young church in Corinth regarding their freedom:
"I have the right to do anything" you say — but not everything is beneficial. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others – (1 Corinthians 10:23-24)
He goes on to give permission to his readers to consume anything in the market without raising questions of conscience. Why? Because they were free. And their freedom, when intentionally lived out in practical, everyday situations, would invite others to dance.
Everyday my life intertwines with others who don’t recognize they’re marching. So I dance. I dance freely, gracefully, and slowly - so that those who are watching can learn the steps.
Author of the Dance, may my love for You amplify the music of the dance so that they can hear it from a distance and come running. I pray that You will continue to teach me new steps so that I travel down new paths, extending the same invitation to new faces. Amen.
Listen to Pete, Jill & Stuart Briscoe on the Telling the Truth broadcast at OnePlace.com
Based on the novel, The Bema: A Story About the Judgment Seat of Christ by Tim Stevenson, The BEMA Drama was initially performed by Pete Briscoe as part of a sermon series in 1999. In 2000, Bent Tree performed the drama a second time and created a VHS video with the hope of sharing this life-transforming message of living for THE day beyond the walls of Bent Tree.