Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Redeemer

“For thus says the Lord: “You have sold yourselves for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money.” – Isaiah 52:3
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” – Ephesians 1:7

I carry a lot of coupons in my purse.  But this morning while praying God gave me an analogy of those coupons.  I wasn’t even thinking of them – but that’s where He showed up. 
Those coupons are NOTHING.  They’re just worthless paper, UNTIL I redeem them.  Then they could be worth 30% off at Kohl’s, or $3 off dinner at Red Lobster, or $1.00 off laundry detergent.  But until I redeem them, they’re worth no more than what they’re printed on, which is just cheap paper.  Often they expire before I redeem them, and then there’s nothing I can do about it.  They have no value at that point.

In Christ we are all offered redemption, the redeeming of our soul (worthless) for something greater (forgiveness and grace).  Many daily die without Him, which is like those coupons I let expire.  No worth was ever in them, because we are unworthy of God’s fellowship without the forgiveness of our sins.  His sacrifice on the cross, His blood, provides redemption.  But it must be used!  It won’t come to you unless you ask Him to redeem you, to be your sacrifice.
Mark 8:36 says “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”  I can redeem coupons all day long, but there is nothing of more value than having a redeemed soul.  It’s not just an insurance plan against hell, its fellowship daily while you’re alive with God.  Don’t wait till it’s too late to ask for it.  You’re missing out on living a redeemed life, having God within you (the Holy Spirit) to guide you, His grace to provide for you and lift you.    

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