The same redemption Anna spoke of has been offered freely to each of us. What does redemption mean to me?
To be redeemed is to be forgiven and reconciled to Jesus. According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word ‘redeem’ means “to free from the consequences of sin.” Are you redeemed? I am. I was redeemed and baptized when I was 15. Once redeemed we are no longer slaves to sin!
So what does it mean to be redeemed. Staci Elderidge said this, “Redeemed women of God have tender merciful hearts, backbones of steel, and hands that are prepared for the fight.”
I know over the years I have not always had a tender, merciful heart nor a backbone of steel. But the longer I know Him, the more I want to make an impact on this world, the more I want to delight in Him serving Him with gratitude. Lysa Terkeurst said it like this, “Our time here is but a small dot on an eternal line. What we do now in this brief moment will determine our destiny for eternity.”
I went to church as a child, but in high school I started going to church with my best girlfriend in the 10th grade. I was saved at the age of 15, during a Sunday service when I began to feel a conviction in my heart and a desire for God and that’s when I came to know Jesus – He touched me that Sunday morning and I knew Him. I was baptized (and all my family was there) and I have remained in church and in love with my Lord. I was redeemed (saved). You see it was not radical like some testimonies you hear, but it was sweet and it was REAL and it was BEAUTIFUL.
I once was lost, but now am found and now I see whose I am.
If you have a sad story today, you can turn it into a happy story, a victorious story. All have sinned and come short of the glory of our Father.
One of my favorite songs of all time that I never tire of is sung by Big Daddy Weave. I hope you will take a minute to listen to Mike Weaver’s story of struggling with self-worth and personal acceptance and why he wrote this song and listen to the words of the song itself. Every single time it comes on the radio, I just am so blessed and I hope you will be to. It is overwhelming and beautiful! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RornLHjfma8
Let Him wipe away all those stains, let Him set you free. Don’t be who you used to be. Let God look at you and say “REDEEMED”.