Thursday, March 10, 2005

Redemption

Corrie Ten Boom’s experience that we talked about yesterday illustrates a freeing aspect of the Christian salvation message. Too often, we get the faith process backwards. We strive to become perfect or think we have to be perfect before we can turn to Christ. But, as with Corrie, it’s in our weakness and human imperfection that we see how amazing God is. First we must see we are sinners, hopeless sinners, apart from Christ.

He then meets us where we are. And then we seek to walk with Him, align our steps with His, day by day. He’ll help us become the woman or man He intends us to be. He cleans up our act, so to speak.

For a Biblical perspective, read the story of Rahab in Joshua 2 and Joshua 6:22-25. Actually all of Joshua 1-6 is great stuff! Focus on Rahab, though, and consider how God redeemed the life of a prostitute, one who was actively pursuing an immoral lifestyle. When she proclaimed her belief in the God of Israel and acted on her faith, God changed her life radically. In fact, this loose woman becomes an honored woman, a mother in the line of Jesus Himself and forever remembered in the pages of scripture as a “righteous” woman. (James 2:25)

It doesn’t matter how dirty or hopeless or lost you may feel today. God is in the business of changing lives, of giving His children daily hope and eternal purpose. Turn to Him today. Hand over your burden and receive His blessing.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8