I’m straying from my usual farm antics today into a more serious realm. I hope you will take the time to read and think about what I am going to share.
Dictionary.com, in two of it’s definitions for redeemed, defines the word as “to obtain the release or restoration of, as from captivity, by paying a ransom” and “to deliver from sin and its consequences by means of a sacrifice offered for the sinner.” What does a redeemed person look like? Funny you should ask. My distorted human view of a redeemed person has certainly grown and evolved over the course of my lifetime.
As a young, raised-in-the-church Christian, my mental picture of redeemed souls involved good behavior (you don’t drink, you don’t smoke, you don’t swear…). These pious redeemed souls also were dressed properly on Sunday for worship. These souls knew their Bible references, knew their hymns, and knew how to act in church. These redeemed souls were the epitome of virtue and Christian values.
As time advanced, I have come to understand that a redeemed soul is messy – not always dressed to perfection, not always behaving perfectly, someone who bears the scars of a life before Jesus. What does a redeemed person look like? It is the laborer who struggles with addiction but has placed his trust in Christ to purchase his redemption. It is the lonely young mother with children that struggles each day to find meaning in a society that tells her she should be climbing the corporate ladder – the young mother who realizes Jesus brings fulfillment to her service to her family. It is the ex-con that had to be brought to his lowest point to look up to the cross for eternal forgiveness – who bears the marks of his previous life visibly on his skin for all to see. It is the child with a tender heart that heeds the call of the Savior at a young age. It is the abused and abandoned that find healing in the arms of Jesus. It is the millennial that seems to have it all put together and figured out – only to realize that Christ is the answer to life’s biggest questions. It is all of these and more. You see, there is no cookie-cutter picture of what a redeemed soul looks like. Every story of redemption looks different, acts different, and grows at a different rate. The true test of a redeemed soul is that there is growth, no matter how small or slow.
If we look again at the definition of the word redeemed, we find that Jesus purchased each person that places their trust in Him alone for salvation. He walked this earth among the destitute, the broken, the sinners – seeking those whom He could free from the captivity of sin.
Have you allowed Jesus Christ to purchase your eternal freedom?