If we could use one word to describe this week of camp, it would be this: freedom. Everywhere we look, there are campers learning and embracing their identity in Christ. They are constantly discovering new pieces of God’s plan for them, and in so, experiencing the freedom that’s in Christ Jesus.
They’re experiencing freedom in who God made them to be. For a lot of our campers, this is the one time of the year that they feel like they can be 100% themselves without fear of being criticized or condemned. This is their opportunity to laugh and be crazy all of the time with some of their best friends. All the while, our counselors are constantly pouring identity into them, teaching them the truth in what the Bible says about who they are.
They’re experiencing freedom in joy. These campers have some of the most contagious smiles, and we just see them spreading across camp on a new level each day. As they dive deeper into the Word and learning about the character of God, they are joyful. The Bible says,
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
And these campers are doing just that.
They’re experiencing freedom from fear. All over camp, all week, campers are breaking the ties of fear and seeking the Lord in new and exciting ways. Just today, we got to speak truth and encouragement to a camper at the top of the ropes tower. Sarah was terrified of going off the zip line, and her fear of heights was keeping her from having so much fun with one of her cabin-mates. After nearly 30 minutes of talking with one of our counselors, Sarah realized that because of Christ, she has no reason to fear. He’s always got her in His hands! Getting to see Sarah take that leap of faith and go off the zip line was an incredible moment!
They’re experiencing freedom in Christ.
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
This week, our campers (and staff!) are discovering truth in the freedom of Christ. Because the Son of God came, lived a perfect life, and died the perfect death, we have freedom from our sin. When we accept Christ, God no longer sees our shame and guilt when He looks at us; He sees His perfect Son!
This is the Gospel. That there is an eternal, all-mighty, all-powerful God who loves us enough to send His only Son to die that we may experience freedom from our sinful natures.
Lord, we pray that we would continue to follow Jesus, to embrace His design for our lives, to walk in His freedom. No matter our sin, no matter what we have done in the past, may we never forget that You are our redemption and salvation. May we rejoice in freedom, God, because You have set us free.