Did you know that? Do you believe it?
Up until this moment, I’ve heard it a thousand times and probably never truly believed it.
Here’s how this lightning bolt of truth hit me.
This morning I read Job 19:25-27, “25 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand on the earth.26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yetin my flesh I will see God;27 I myself will see Him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”
Did you catch it? Those precious words of promise?
…my Redeemer lives.
I felt my heart race as I read and re-read those words over until it clicked. Somewhere between my hard head and hurting heart, it clicked. I, we, are redeemable.
Let me be straight with you friend, I’ve spent my whole life feeling like the lyrics from Casting Crowns song, “Nobody,”
Why you ever chose me
Has always been a mystery
All my life I’ve been told I belong
At the end of the line
With all the other not-quites
With all the never-get-it-rights
That’s me over and over. The same way, forever. I’m not a good enough supervisor, co-worker, daughter, sister, wife, mother, daughter-in-law…you name the title, I’m sure I’ve heard a slight against whatever expectation was laid down and how I failed to live up to it.
Truth is, I’m human, I make mistakes and disappoint others. According to the world, my mistakes make me disposable.
But…we are NOT! We are redeemable!
In God’s eyes, we are perfect because of Jesus. We are forgiven, redeemable and loved. His sacrifice on the cross paved the way to walk with Him back to God’s open arms.
Is this a magic wand to wave over our lives and poof! all of the old tapes, negativity and nasty influences in our lives are gone? Oh, how I wish that was true. But it’s not. We’re going to repeat bad behavior, upset ourselves and others.
The key is remembering and accepting that God says we are redeemable.
God, as our redeemer, is quick to forgive when we ask. He’s also good about not leaving us where we are. In fact, because of Jesus, you can count on God growing us by using the good and yes, even the bad in our lives for good.
Doesn’t make sense does it? I know! Here’s something else that doesn’t make sense, Romans 8:28 reminds us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Key words to remember: all things. In God’s amazing love He can take everything that’s happened in our lives and turn it all for good.
Also, the latter part of the verse says, “called according to His purpose.”
Oh yeah! There’s another promise. He’s going to take my mistakes, my faults, my ups and downs, my entire life and turn it all for good because He has a plan and purpose for our lives!
That right there is some powerful stuff to drink into our souls.
So how do we get from where we are right this minute to redeemable?
Simply accept it.
Choose to listen to Truth instead of lies.
He loves us. He has a plan for you.
When you think no one else in this world loves you, God does.
When you think you are too far gone, made too many mistakes and ain’t fit for this world, think again! You are loved! You are redeemed! And God Almighty is your Redeemer!
Do you know what redeemer means?
Redeemer in Hebrew means, one charged with the duty of restoring the rights of another and avenging his wrongs.
Jesus offered His very life in order to restore us as God’s perfect children. Redeeming us from sin and making us whole.
Girl, you are precious in His eyes. You are His beloved child. Jesus died for you so that you could fulfill God’s perfect plan for your life.
Is that a little much to take in? I get it. There are days when you find yourself a little worse for the wear because of life.
But the bottom line doesn’t change.
“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand” ~ John10:28
God’s promises still stand. We are redeemable!
Friend, I am praying for you. If you struggle to rid yourself of old habits that keep tripping you up in life. If you find yourself repeating old behaviors and listening to those who would seek the worst for you, turn around and take one step towards Jesus.
You don’t have to have all the answers, save one. Jesus. Accept Him. Invite Him into your life and I promise, it will never be the same again. He is our Redeemer who promises us that we are redeemable. Place your heart in His hands and know that He will never let you go.
You’ve got this!
I’m praying for you always.