Back in October 2012, I wrote a post about redemption. I’d been thinking about it, enough to look up the definition in the dictionary. I loved what I found. Still do. The very first definition at Dictionary.com says this: an act of redeeming or the state of being redeemed.
It’s both an act and a state. I don’t think I ever really got that before.
Oh, I would sing the old songs, believing with all my heart I was and am redeemed. But in the past, I always thought of salvation. It’s this part of redemption that Amber found in Crossing Values.
But redemption is bigger. And that’s what the rest of the Crossing series deals with. Other states of being redeemed.
In Ryan’s Crossing, Ryan figures out that God really does care about his life choices. Although Ryan has accepted Jesus as Savior, he’s never allowed God more than surface deep. God wants to redeem his whole life. Not just give us saving grace.
In Romancing Melody, Melody discovers that God wants to be in every moment, holding us and loving us. When life is good, and when it’s gut-wrenching hard.
And in Crossing’s Redemption, Melody’s aunt stands with Amber as they both discover that God wants to redeem those painful moments of life where the enemy got in and declared we were damaged goods, unworthy for Kingdom work.
Because God wants our whole heart and our whole life. Even the ugly parts. And the painful parts. And the secret parts. Because He has a plan to redeem them all, healing us and bringing His Name glory.
And that still holds true today. It all reminds me of Ephesians 3:20 where Paul writes that God is able to do immeasurably more than we can imagine. Isn’t that awesome!?
Which part of redemption do you need this week?
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