"In Him we have redemption...." (Ephesians 1:7)
What could be a better opening line for this morning's reading?
No other way is possible for redemption from our sins and ourselves.
Acts 17:28a says, "For in him we live and move and have our being." How true that is because only in him can we fully exist. Only because of the redemption he purchased with his blood, so that we might be free, are we truly free to live life.
Therefore, I am redeemed from the mess I make of my life. Redeemed from my failings as a wife, from my selfish moments in my role as mother, from my unconcerned days of dirty clothes and laundry, from my lazy days when I walk past my Bible repeatedly.
I am human. That does not give me reason to neglect things in my life or react unfavorably, but it does remind me that I will NEVER get it perfect... And in this life, my life, that's something God had to drill into me continuously.
I am a perfectionist and I like to be in control. I'm impatient and short tempered at times. I get lost in the details, because a perfect plan or process begets a perfect result, right?
Am I like this 24/7? No, by no means, BUT I am this way often enough that I feel like I am in a constant state of learning through my trials.
You would think I would learn my lesson and move on, and in some areas I do, but it's amazing to me that I can always learn something new from God's word and from the gentle prodding of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes I become bogged down by everything this sinful me holds onto. However, I can tell you from experience, that knowing I have redemption through the blood of Christ, and being reminded through daily interaction with Him and fellow believers in Christ, blows away all the guilt I could carry with the force of the strongest gales.
Let today be the day that you claim your redemption in Christ! The cross he bore and the blood he shed he shed for YOU.
Happy Lord's Day!
From One Saved Sinner to the Next