Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in my word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:31-32 NKJV
I can't get my mind off of the Omaha mall shootings last week, where 19 year old Robert Hawkins fatally shot 8 people and then killed himself in a horrific act of desperation. He left a suicide note indicating that he didn't want to be a burden anymore and that now "he would be famous". I'm saddened when I think about what might lead someone down such a path of self destruction. This boy at one point in his life might have been a child like every other child. What happened? What can cause a feeling of such bondage to the past and current unpleasant circumstances of our lives? Better yet, what can set us free from the bondage of past mistakes?
Jesus said that the truth can set us free. It can set us free from the past. It can set us free from feelings of being unworthy to overcome the strongholds in our lives that continually set us back. It can give us hope for a better tomorrow. As I type this I must ask the question: If the truth (i.e. the source of truth - God, through His word) hadn't been diminished and taken out of our schools, local governments, and workplaces, would the young people of today have more hope? If they weren't being taught that a lifestyle of materialism & pleasure-seeking is really all there is to life, would they be a little less prone to the hopelessness that seems to be plaguing a lot of our youth today? What if they were being taught the truth in schools rather than the lie of evolution - that a God who loves them is their Creator and wants them to live their lives for a greater purpose than themselves? I wonder.
Do you know the Truth, and its power to set you free? It all starts with a relationship with Jesus and a daily prescription of reading what God says to us in His word. Statistics say that most Christians rarely pick up their bibles. Knowing this, a reasonable person can conclude that most Christians then, aren't living their lives to their fullest potential. What a shame that is, to have access to freeing truth but not take advantage of it. If every Christian would schedule one less activity or watch one less TV show a week, and replace it with an infusion of God's Word into their lives, I bet we would have a different world. A free-er world. As Jesus says, if we abide in His word, we will know the truth and that truth will make us free. With it, we can set others free as well and guide them toward hope-filled lives. Let's start today getting to know God's truth better.
Janna Rust is a Life Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.