I am..... r e d e e m e d
It is the beginning of the year and as I am sitting here in my living room writing this. I cannot be more thankful. As we discussed what the topic was going to be for this month I am thankful that this month we are going over the theme of Redemption. This is really important especially with entering the new year. So many of us are looking to no longer make the mistakes we did last year. We look to accomplish goals that were never done. We are looking for new vision. We are seeking a new direction. We are also yearning for redemption. To be able to redeem ourselves from the mistakes that we have made or to make ourselves better than who we were last year.
You know what is so great about the God that we serve? He sent Jesus to die on the cross so we are able to be redeemed. Scripture says He purchased us with a price in fact this part is so important and crucial that it is stated multiple times throughout the new testament. Obviously this is crucially important and it is awesome! This means that we always have a chance to start all over and start off right. If we look at the justice system if you get a ticket for speeding or for committing a crime usually you have to pay a hefty fine, and for our sin, and shame, and guilt we deserve a fine too and that is death. The beauty of the redeemer and of Jesus and what he has done is that he takes our ticket and says I have paid for it. I get excited just hearing that.
It does not mean that we get a free pass to mess up over and over again, but we are human so we may, but as you go into this year if there are things that you have messed up so much from last year, or are looking to rebuild your life, the beauty of having a relationship with Christ is that we have a redeemer who carries us through it all. As we rebuild and live a redeeming life, we WILL go through pains and hurts along the way, but it is so beautiful how God will carry us through.
I am a busy body and honestly I will admit that I, myself, have not placed God in my schedule as often as I should have. I become so busy last year and stuck in my routine that plans changed and he could not fit in my schedule. I have not done a good job in my own walk with Christ which has led to a lot of stumbling blocks in my life. I have become more angry and temperamental. I have not obeyed God and messed up a lot. For myself I am rebuilding who I am so I can focus more on having my identity in Christ rather than my busyness.
This year I encourage you however you are approaching this new season, live a life knowing that you are bought with a price. God has redeemed you. Stand firm and cling to him as the Hope to carry you through whatever journey you are on this season!