Today's Devotional Thought
August 26, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
I love a good redemption story. You know the type of story I am talking about...
A rejected teenager who uses the pain of rejection to fuel her motivation to start a group to help other teens who feel alone or abandoned.
A single mom who decides she is going to work with all her might to raise her child, go to college, and make a better life.
An embarrassed woman who asks for forgiveness for the sin she has committed and starts a ministry to teach others about the beauty of grace and the importance of living in God's Word.
We watch movies about these stories. We read about these stories in the Bible. We watch as people around us live out these stories. They are simply amazing to watch.
But nothing compares to living out your own redemption story.
And girlfriends, each one of us has our own redemption story to share.
First, each one of us is living a life that has been redeemed. Our first story of redemption is how Jesus Christ died for us so that our sinful lives could be saved from deserved death and separation from God. Our very first story of redemption is the redemption of our very lives. And beyond that amazing story of redemption, each one of us also has countless situations, relationships, shortcomings, and sins that are being redeemed by the Lord so that others can learn more about him. I am quite certain that we all have several stories where everything looks hopeless and lost and God turned it around. And we likely will encounter many more situations where we can watch God redeem a hopeless situation, relationship, sin, or life.
Oh I believe so strongly in the power of redemption and our lives are a living testament to God's willingness and power to redeem us. Each day, as I walk in the promise of his salvation, I am reminded that God desires to take someone sinful, broken, and deserving of eternity away from him and turn her into his daughter, with all of the rights and eternal benefits that come with that. Because of his sheer love for his children, he turns our brokenness into beauty all to glorify him.
And all he asks us to do is to walk in it. To walk in the beautiful gift of redemption that he has given us. To choose to walk in obedience to him so he can turn our hopeless lives into lives glorifying him. To choose to walk in obedience to him so he can turn our broken relationships into examples of his grace and love. To choose to walk in obedience to him so he can turn our shortcomings into our growth so that we may show others his perfecting power. To choose to walk in obedience to him after we sin so that through our weaknesses his grace and forgiveness and ability to pull beauty from ashes may be seen.
My God is a God of redemption. He has redeemed my life, my shortcomings, my sins, failures in relationships, and so many situations. He has turned so many things from broken to beautiful. And I believe so strongly in God's ability to turn anything around because I have seen it so many times in my own life.
And if I could say anything to you today, I would kneel down in front of you, look you squarely in the eyes, and urge you to believe in the power of God's redemption. I would beg you to let God have that thing that you think cannot be fixed and walk in God's redemptive plan for it. And I would beg you to believe in what God can do with it.
Friends, give God your broken things and watch him redeem them into something to be used mightily by him. Submit your lives, your relationships, your shortcomings, and your failures to him and let him use them to create something beautiful that others will see and know that it was God.
Oh friends, believe in the power of redemption today.