Redemption…

I wanted to write this right on the heels of Kristin’s last post… When she sent it to me several days ago I found that it went right a long with some things I’ve been thinking over.

These past several months I’ve found myself really meditating on the concept of redemption and what it really means.  There have been several catalysts to this line of thinking for me, part of it’s been my own life and some has been the lives of those around me.

What I’ve realize is that as individuals and as a church we don’t seem to have a very clear understanding of what it means to be redeemed. We talk about it as though we do, but our actions say something different about what we actually believe about redemption. I found that in my own life I held the belief that God loves me in spite of [ insert long list of imperfections and failures]. But when I read what the bible says about how God loves me and more specifically about redemption, my “in spite of ” list seems to stand in contrast with Truth. I’m constantly trying to dissect myself from my past in order to be presentable and usable by God, all the while scripture is telling me that God not only loves me whole, he wants me with my broken pieces.

Whoa… hold on a second…

One of the definitions I found for the word redeemed was “To restore the honor, worth, or reputation of…” and then looking to scripture I see Corinthians 5:17  “Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Revelation 21:5 “And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And it hit me like a ton of bricks.

The blood of Christ makes “all things new” not “makes new things”. This means that what Jesus did on the cross, the very act of redemption, restored value to all parts of our lives, including the things that Satan meant to destroy us with. If we spend our lives trying to live in spite of our pasts, we are missing half of the future God intends for us. It’s not through our attempts to be good and pleasing to God that He wants to bring glory to Himself (not that those things don’t matter). It’s our weaknesses and failures, made perfect by His grace, that God will use to move mountains. So we must not try to be someone in spite of our mistakes, the someone God intends to use was born of those mistakes. I know… it takes a minute to wrap your brain around, but it’s true. You would not, could not, be the person God created you to be without having had to live through the specific mistakes you have.
Alanis Morissette wrote a song called “Everything” the chorus of which says and I quote:
You see everything, you see every part
You see all my light and you love my dark
You dig everything of which I’m ashamed
There’s not anything to which you can’t relate
And you’re still here
And then Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:9  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
How is it possible that Jesus, Paul, and Alanis Morissette are all on the same page but the Church is disqualifying people based on their pasts?
Part of the brilliance of our Creator is that there is no mistake too great for him to give value back to. As individuals we need to take hold of the Truth of redemption and let our whole life be a witness to the power of Christ.  And as a church we must stop standing in the path of redemption because of fear. We need to learn to recognize it and move with it instead of against it.
-Katie
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3 thoughts on “Redemption…

  1. You know what is funny is when we were discussing this post I was thinking about this song and just forgot to say anything to ya, we can I say? Great minds . . .

  2. […] During this season of my life I feel like his words in this book are keeping me sane. Anyway,  in this post I wrote about not dissecting our lives into the parts that are pleasing to God and the parts that […]

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