I’ll bet you know the other half of this statement. You’ve seen it on the front of learning institutions all your life…and in the Bible. I’ll bet you have it memorized even. Try me out.

“You shall know the truth…

You know the second half. You’re saying it in your head now…

… And the truth shall set you free.”

What might surprise you is that this statement is the second half of a complete thought, starting with the word “If.“

If there is a prerequisite to being free, wouldn’t you want to know about it?

Jesus isn’t talking about political freedom in this statement. I think it’s more like the kind of freedom Matthew remembers when Jesus gave us a list of things we can do to have a happy, blessed life. One of them is, “you’re blessed when you get your inside world – your mind and heart – put right. Then you can see God in the outside world (MSG).“

FREEDOM is the ability to see clearly because your inside life is clear.

Curious now what John’s “if” was?

“If you abide in me and my word abides in you.“

Freedom comes after the ”If.”

What does it mean to abide? John explains this using the metaphor of the grapevine. Considering that the first miracle Jesus performed was turning water into wine, I decided to explore this. Hang out with me for the next few weeks in this series on cultivating the grapevine as a metaphor for cultivating freedom in your life and leadership.