A world free. We love saying (and writing) that phrase. Those three words represent a succinct summation of our shared faith in Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world,” John 3:16 tells us, “that He gave His only Son…,” a gift that had a simple yet unfathomably profound purpose: “freedom” (Galatians 5:1).
This is, of course, amplified for us during this season. As we celebrate the Resurrection, we are called to recount what the Lord has done: He has saved us from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2) and ushered us into His presence, a place of freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Unfortunately, we encounter in our ministry too many men and women not experiencing this freedom. For some, the theological truth that Jesus, through the crucifixion, made atonement for sin is an intellectual reality, yet the power of His resurrection to free and transform is unknown to them. As Oswald Chambers wrote a century ago, “We need to rely on the resurrection life of Jesus much deeper down than we do.”
Helping people experience this resurrection life is central to pureHOPE’s mission. Whether it is a marriage struggling because of sexual sin, a college student grieved and confused by the brokenness on campus, a person caught in prostitution, or parents trying to shepherd their children in a digital society, the solutions we are providing and the hope we are instilling through Christ’s love and power are, one step at a time, creating a world free. We are seeing Jesus impact lives as families, churches and schools across the country push through fear and regret, and begin to live in the hope and freedom of resurrection.
As pureHOPE friend Dan Allender has written, “All is a gift. And if the material, tangible world is a gift, how much more so is the embrace of our resurrected God?” May you experience the joy and delight of that embrace in these days, and may He continue to lift up the light of His countenance upon you, and give you peace.