Jesus Christ . . . gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own. (Titus 2:13–14)
“I’M HERE TODAY because I feel that I am able to start to set my life straight,” John stated. He glanced nervously around the small room. A group of people sat around him on old folding chairs. His peers all gave him reassuring looks. “For years I have been trying to get help on my own. I don’t think I can do it on my own anymore. I don’t know why I couldn’t stop what I was doing, even though I knew I would have eventually destroyed myself.” John let out a long sigh and with shame looked toward the floor. “I am addicted to gambling.”
A young man turned to him and said, “I believe that the grace of God is for all people. Abstaining from our brokenness is not something we can do on our own. We must do it together. One of my favorite Bible verses reminds me that God desires to ‘purify for himself a people'” (Titus 2:14). The young man continued, “God intends for us to find freedom by walking together.”
When revival comes, the Lord sets us free from all kinds of things. This freedom comes to individuals not only for their own benefit, but also for the building of the community of the kingdom of God.
Find others who will walk with you as you seek the Spirit’s reviving freedom.
Amy Knepp is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and is a stay-at-home mother of four children.