Like the other six SYNC rhythms, the Roots Rhythm links you, your world, and your day today back to something huge God has done.
To "SYNC" with that God-thing means to align yourself with God's intentions when he did it. In this case God's game-changer is his voluntary, out-of-the-blue promise to Abraham to create a nation through him that will bless the entire world. (Gen. 12.1-3)
Loving the "Roots" rhythm
Loving the "Freedom" rhythm
No one in history ever explained freedom better, lived it more completely, or paid a higher price for it than Jesus Christ. And no one else can set you free like he does. So catch the spirit of Freedom Season, start celebrating, and spread the word!
You will know who you are, and you will like what you are becoming under the influence of Jesus' Spirit--an embodiment and an agent of the freedom he declared for the world.
Like the other six SYNC rhythms, the Freedom Rhythm links you, your world, and your day today back to something huge God has done.
To "SYNC" with that God-thing means to align yourself with God's intentions when he did it. In this case God's game-changer is his freeing Jesus from his grave so he could keep bringing heaven's freedom to earth. (Mk. 16.6)
The big idea behind it all is that Jesus was sent to earth to declare a new era of freedom for God's people under his kingship. Powerful enemies executed him to prove he was not a king and his declaration had no authority behind it. God raised the executed "criminal" to prove he really did have the authority to make that declaration. So the declaration stands! We really are living in the new era of freedom, and the seal of God the King on the freedom declaration is the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah.
Freedom Season celebrates the implications of that fantastic fact.
We know who we are--free citizens of Jesus' kingdom.
We know why we are here--to spread the news of the new era of freedom under Jesus Christ.
We know that no power can cancel this freedom unless it can put Jesus back into the tomb.
This means we are for everyone and against no one. God wants everyone to share in Christ's freedom. Our job as declarers of freedom is to freely invite them all in, even those who least deserve it.
As the People of God, we do not have to band together to conquer anything, impose anything, or govern anything. We have no assignment to do any of that, only to keep declaring true freedom in Christ.
Spreading the news of freedom
As we get it, as we realize what Jesus' resurrection means, we start seeing ourselves in Christ as announcers of freedom, and we pray prayers like this:
God, please give [name of person or group] your freedom. Break their chains. Free them from their addictions, habits, and obsessions that are ruining their lives and causing pain to others. Heal their broken hearts and their scars. Give them the joy of free people, free citizens of your kingdom. Let the suffering of the world be reduced because their lives are SYNCed with your plan.
We also become freedom advocates, putting feet to our prayers. We watch for chances to free people who are tangled up inside or who are trapped or abused by others. We identify with them and stand up for them. And we don't keep our reason a secret. We tell people how they can get free themselves--by following Jesus, the liberating King. Under his protection, they can't go wrong.
Freedom Season (April 14 - May 29) is the time to re-SYNC with the Freedom Rhythm. Remember who we are. Remember how we got here. And act like it--grateful to God, living free, and helping others get rid of their chains.