AVVENTURA: In un viaggio di libertà 

Di Naemi Bätjer 

Nella prima mattina di TeenStreet, gli adolescenti sono entrati ballando come se fosse il giorno più bello delle loro vite. Oggi si parlava di "AVVENTURA." 

"Siamo invitati a partecipare all'avventura più incredibile con Dio," spiega Debs. Questo viaggio può spaventare per via dell'ignoto, e noi potremmo non essere in grado di controllare tutto quello che succede. A volte potrebbe sembrare una montagna russa. "Ma in quest'avventura abbiamo un Dio irremovibile," ha ricordato agli adolescenti. 

Ci sono molte promesse che Dio ci da per il nostro viaggio. Josh ne ha condiviso, con gioia, qualcuna da Romani 8:

"Niente ci può separare dall'amore di Dio." (verso 39) 

"Se nostro Padre è per noi, chi sarà contro di noi?" (verso 31) 

“Dio lavora per il tuo bene!” (verso 28

Non è un viaggio verso una meta lontana. È un viagggio con Gesù. Quando passiamo del tempo con Lui, assorbiamo la Sua parola come uan spugna. E attraverso questo riceviamo tutte le cose buone che Dio ha in serbo per noi: amore, speranza, gioia, guarigione, conforto e molte altre. "In questo viaggio siamo trasformati in quello che Lui ci ha creati per essere," dice Debs, riferendosi a 2 Corinzi 3:18. Questo è un viaggio di libertà.

“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2). 

Ronald challenged the teens to own this freedom. He experienced how prisoners that had just been released from jail in Houston were only thinking about the past and about what challenges were ahead. They didn’t grasp that moment of just being free! 

When Leah had to make a decision about which college she would attend, God told her not to go to the one she thought was right. Now, looking back, she can see how God did “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20). Leah’s motto therefore is “LTD—living the dream.” But she is living God’s version of the dream! 

What does freedom look like in your life? 

Joseph (16, USA): “For me freedom is trusting and leaning on God fully in everything, ‘cause you know God will be there. He has a plan for you so you won’t worry about anything, ‘cause God wants the best for you.” 

Lisa-Sophie (15, Germany): “It’s life without fear and without danger and to be strong. To believe in God.” 

Emilie (16, France): “It’s a life where the view of other people isn’t important and all that matters is how you act for God and what He wants for us. He’s the One who guides us, and it’s not following what you believe is good for you or what others believe is good for you but what God wants.” 

What is pulling you back from that freedom? 

Joseph (16, USA): “I think for me it’s kind of laziness, because I know I could be reading the Bible, I could be praying, I could be worshipping, but I choose not to because I just want to sleep and I just want to relax. I think that really pulls me away.” 

Lisa-Sophie (15, Germany): “People who don’t believe in God. They don’t think what I think, because they don’t understand what I believe and they don’t understand why it’s important for me to believe.” 

Emilie (16, France): “The judgement of other people. That’s what’s pulling me back from God.”