The Longest Distance in the World

Redeemed is my word this week!  In beginning my summer in the black hole of busyness, somewhere in the back of my mind, I kept thinking, “What does redeemed mean to me?”   But quickly those thoughts got moved to the back burner in exchange for my busyness.  I’m not sure how I manage to fill my calendar every day!  Where does all my time go?   But I digress…That’s another post for another day.

Here I am, time to write my post – on Redeemed.  Realizing that I am not very organized (and after googeling) I find myself clicking on the song ‘Redeemed’ by some guy named Big Daddy.  Immediately I recognized the tune, except this time I actually listened to the words. Wow!  Somewhere close to the middle of this great song he sings:

Redeemed 2

This is the heart behind the posts at Breath on Paper for the last few weeks.  The world, enemies, relatives, unaware friends, and even we ourselves say things (intentionally or not) and we grab hold of those labels and carry them.  Heavy as they are, our shame and regrets cause us to label ourselves as unworthy. Our inadequate feelings cause us to feel unqualified. Our lack of confidence tells us we can’t.

BUT!  What if….  What if we could grasp the true meaning of Redeemed?  …what it really means to be redeemed by the God of the Universe who through an intimate and personal relationship with us has wiped away all the stains from our past?   He has made us clean and pure.  Whether we believe it or not!  It’s true.

What would it take for us to actually believe it?  …to believe what God says about us instead of the lies we have picked up?  Is that even possible?

I think for me…I’m not sure how to balance humility with saying that I’m redeemed and not sound prideful.  I guess in my thinking…pride is a worse sin than not accepting what Jesus did for me through redemption.  (Wow!  When I say that out loud, it sounds terrible. There is no level of sin. It’s all the same. Sin separates us from God.)  But isn’t that the lie we believe? Not accepting and walking in redemption is saying what Jesus did wasn’t enough for me. That is certainly not my heart!  I would never say that.  But the truth is, believing the lies keeps me from walking in redemption.  What am I saying with my life?

I never want to take away from what Jesus did for me.  I know that He paid it ALL.  I suppose I have an 18” problem.  That’s the average distance from the top of the head to the bottom of the heart.  Commonly referred to as the longest distance in the world…the distance from Knowing to Believing.

imagesI know that Jesus paid for me to be free.  But I don’t always walk in that freedom.  I know that I am redeemed but I don’t always walk in the plans He has for me.

I am like Tamar from Genesis 39; I have been forgiven from the darkest of sins.  I am like Rahab in Joshua 2; God will use me regardless of my past.  I am like Ruth from the book of Ruth; God will not leave me out.   And I am like Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11; God can heal any situation.

It’s not ok to just have knowledge. It’s about giving Him glory for the good He does in my life. It’s about giving Him all that I was…all that I am.  It’s about giving Him all that I can be and trusting Him to order my steps and direct my path.

It’s about believing.    ~ ~ ~    It’s about walking in Redemption.  – Cindy

But now, this is what the Lord says—…
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.   Isaiah 43:1




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img_2715-1Cindy Willingham is a landscape designer, small group leader, avid encourager, and sinner saved by grace who lives in Birmingham, Alabama.  Her sweet husband of 37 years, two married children and four grand-kiddos fill life with unbelievable fun and sweet snuggles  She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice. To learn more about Cindy click here.


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