This weekend we kicked off a new series entitled Finally Free. It is a series that we are excited about because we believe that when people find freedom in their lives, they can begin to live the full life for which God has created them.
Knowing God is the beginning of our journey to freedom. We need to know him and have a personal relationship with him, and that is made possible because of what Jesus did on the cross and because of the empty tomb.
It’s also important to know what God’s dream for our life looks like. If we don’t know his dream for us, we can never experience true freedom. This past weekend, lead pastor Ben Snyder shared the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to help us see the life God wants us to have.
8 Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. 9 The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and
watch over it. 16 But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden …”
When we look at the Garden of Eden, we see a vision of what God’s dream is for us. A dream for us to have life and to experience him and share in his love. In Genesis, we can see that God’s relationship to Adam and Eve was personal. He made them; he placed them. He knew them, and they knew him. We also see that God’s dream for them was to experience a life that was pleasant. He surrounded them with wonderful things so that they could have a life of joy. He also wanted them to have a life of purpose. We can see this in verse 15, when God entrusted them to watch and tend to his creation. And finally, God wanted their life to be prosperous. He wanted them to thrive, to flourish, and to live an abundant life where they would continue to receive from him.
This is still God’s dream for us today – to live a life full of him, full of joy and significance. Adam and Eve were living this life until the day something happened that would change everything. What changed? We will cover that in tomorrow’s LivingItOut.
What is God’s dream for you?
Why is it important for you to know God’s dream for your life in order for you to find freedom?
Spend five minutes in quiet prayer, thanking God for the many ways he has provided for you. Read Galatians 5:1. Then, ask him if there is an area of your life where you are not walking in the freedom that he intends.
God, thank you for this picture in the Garden of Eden of the life you desire to give us. Help my heart to truly believe that you intended a joy-filled, abundant life in communion with yourself from the very beginning. You are more than good and gracious to me. Even though I feel unworthy, I am so grateful! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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