It is always good to be reminded of who we are in Christ, especially when we find ourselves living in a world filled with chaos and confusion. Over the next 18 days I will be sharing the devotions from my book, “In Christ Alone”. Each devotion is designed to help us look to Christ for our identity in the midst of a myriad of sources trying to define who we are.
Here is day fifteen with an important reminder that in Christ you, and those around you, have been redeemed by God.
I Am Redeemed
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.“
Ephesians 1:7-8 (NIV)
Have you ever lost something that you had to pay someone else for in order to get it returned to you? Have you had a car impounded that required you to pay to get it back? Perhaps a lost or runaway pet that you had to redeem from the pound in order to make it yours again? How do you feel when you have to pay again for something that had already been yours? How do you feel when you finally get it back?
While many don’t like to admit it, every person belongs to God from the beginning of life due to His role as creator. Yet each one of us has gone astray and left the home and authority of our Father to serve a different master. In His great love, God has paid the price to buy us back through the blood of Jesus. As you pray, thank God for the great desire He has for you to be His child, that He would redeem you from the bondage of sin. Pray that you would experience the fullness of God’s grace as one who has been bought back from sin. Pray that the people around you would accept God’s desire to redeem them.