Monday, November 24, 2014

Rescued - Redeemed - Restored

Those 3 little words have such enormous meaning, at least in my life!  Along the theme of the week,  Thanksgiving is a time to meditate and think about reasons to be thankful; being rescued, redeemed and restored is reason enough for my heart to overflow with gratitude.

Let's just mine the word, "rescued" for a moment.  Isn't it interesting that when we have an emergency of any sort... a fire, a medical crisis, etc. and the wonderful responders arrive, those folks who put their lives on the line for others...we are so grateful that we can't wait to thank them, to sing their praises, to let others around us know how thankful we are to have been rescued.

That's the way I feel about Jesus.  I was heading for hell (yes, harsh word but there it is); I was already in a life that was centered on self and that, my friends, was not a pretty sight!  Then I met Jesus, the ONE Who got bloodied, beaten, tortured, spit upon, mocked (I think you get the picture) for ME!!!!  And since He rescued me from a life of futility and an eternity apart from God, I am compelled to tell others about that act of love, done for me when I was (and still am) totally undeserving.  I want to love others the same way; I want to reach out to women and let them know they have already been rescued!  They just need to accept that gift.

How about "redeemed"?  Jesus delivered me out of my own self-made prison.  It cost God everything but was a free gift for me.  That is the simplest of ideas but so very hard to live out.  How can it be that simple?  But, that is exactly what happened.  Even though I continue to battle with sinful motives, ideas and attitudes, I am not habitually bound by them.  Through the working of the Holy Spirit in me, I am free to make choices that please God and certainly bring more joy to my life!

And finally, "restored".  Have any of you ever taken something broken, something you really loved, and brought it back to working condition?  Have you taken a piece of tarnished silver, polished it and then enjoyed its beauty?  That's what Jesus did/does for me!  I have many "dented" places in my past and my character was very "tarnished" in ways I don't even like to think about.  But through the love and grace of Jesus, I have been restored!

In fact, I have been restored to the place that God is using even me, of all people, to share His love and mercy and grace with others.  As a Christian speaker I LOVE to encourage other women to live out the purpose filled adventure God has waiting for them.  In God's eyes, we are worth it!

Back to the theme of gratitude and thankfulness: because I know what God has done for me through His Son, Jesus Christ, I desire to love others without conditions, without borders.  I Corinthians 13 has much to say about what love looks like from God's perspective.  (I would encourage you to read it.)  So my prayer today from my "Heaven Calling" devotional is this:  "Open my heart, Lord God, to love others as you have loved me".  Today and every day, that desire comes from a heart of gratitude.  Happy Thankful Day!

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