Stepping Into Freedom
Every year on July 4th, I get together with family and friends and celebrate something I honestly don’t fully grasp the weight of; freedom.
While it certainly is an overused American cliché you’ll usually find on t-shirts bearing the statue of liberty riding a Harley-Davidson (yes, I used to have said t-shirt), freedom has taken on new meaning for me.
Over the last three years, our church has watched in awe as Rooted has impacted the lives of over 1,200 people who committed to the 10-week experience. LifeBridge has seen people choose to step into freedom by breaking addictions, mending relationships, and putting an end to the generational cycle of family brokenness. I’ve seen so many people find freedom when they found that the Savior they believed had long forgotten them was actually chasing after them the whole time.
In the midst of all of the amazing things I’ve seen God do in our church, I think the clearest change I’ve witnessed has been in my own life. My Rooted experience helped me identify the patterns of brokenness I had been afraid to confront. God used it to lead me – step by step – into freedom from strongholds next to others who were seeking the same thing.
Rooted even helped guide me and my wife to step out in faith and become foster parents. Foster care has turned our world upside down. We said yes to two boys having no idea how long they would be with or how challenging this journey would be. We also had no idea how much God would use that simple step of faith to grow us and reveal more of Himself to our family.
While the step itself is different for each of us, I think the movement is consistent for everyone.
Steps of faith lead us to greater freedom from strongholds which then inspire us to take more steps of faith. I don’t see people who break strongholds running away or living in fear of the darkness. I see them step directly into the darkness with great faith and ready to bring the light.
And in the end, isn’t that what freedom is all about?
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. – Galatians 5:13
Sean Badeer is the Connections Pastor at LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, CO. He is passionate about Jesus, people, guitars, and loves investing in the next generation of church leaders. He and his wife Averi are Nebraska natives who are living the dream in Colorado with their dog Kanye.