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.
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