For a long time I didn’t fully understand redemption. I understood who Christ was and I understood what He did. However, redemption was a foreign thing as far as I was concerned. I defined myself by what I did, and I lived in fear of being found out. I worried if someone learned choices I had made in the past it would overrule how they saw me now.
Truth be told, for some people it would. It's what I did for a long time. What I had done could not be outlived. I couldn’t do enough to make it go away. I simply didn’t understand. I didn’t have to do anything to make it go away. Christ already did that. A simple concept. One I have shared with others. How is it there is a difference between knowing and believing? Or maybe I simply understood the best I could, and more has been revealed. I don’t know, but I am grateful.
My past no longer haunts me as it once did. I also no longer hear the voices to try harder to make up for what I have done. Now I simply trust my Lord. He has redefined who I am. He sees me as His child, and I am learning to do the same.
What about you? Do you grasp who Christ is, but haven’t fully grasped who you are in Him? I pray God will reveal to you exactly how redeemed you are.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.