Thursday, April 19, 2012

re·demp·tion

[ri-demp-shuhn] noun

1. an act of redeeming or the state of being redeemed.
2. deliverance; rescue.
3. Theology . deliverance from sin; salvation.
4. atonement for guilt.
5. repurchase, as of something sold.
 
REDEMPTION. This word has become fascinating to me.  How many times do we, especially Christians, hear this word without thinking - really thinking - about the meaning?  My kiddos even sing a happy song called, "I've Been Redeemed."  Even as the song is running through my head, I have to stop and gasp - even this childrens' song should have a whisper of reverence in it - "I've been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb."  How many times have I sung that song without thinking about what I am saying?
 
I was listening to a sermon by Paul Washer on Sunday.  He was repeating a comment made by one of the old Puritan preachers - that some words should not be said without deep reverence and after they are spoken we should pause in awe and reflection of them.  REDEMPTION  should be one of them.
 
As is repeatedly the case in my life, God begins several whispers in my soul -through His precious Word, through accurate preaching, through my own prayers, through the people and stories He brings into my little world - that swirl around together; seeming to have no correlation or connection at first.  Many times I end up crying out in prayer, "Lord, what do you want me to do with this?  I don't understand!"  The whispers burn in my soul, painfully at times.  Sometimes the temptation to step away from the burning force of them is very strong.  Sometimes, to my shame, I drown them out with the cares of this life, instead of standing and waiting for Him to finish leading me onward....When I heard the word "redemption" in this particular sermon, it was if all the whispers joined together to become a single roar. 
 
God has come to redeem us. Without His redemption, it does not matter what is going on politically, socially, economically - good or bad - we are all still lost - prisoners to sin - both the sin we were born with as a result of Adam's fall and the sin that we all commit continuously.  Because of this sin, there will always be those who are oppressed, abandoned, abused, without hope.  There will always be a need of another ministry, another orphanage, another stand for life, another crisis aid fundraiser.  All of these things are necessary - they are an outstretching of our hands to show people His Hands.  But how overwhelming it is!  Who do I help?  How do I pray for them all?  The answer is, of course, I help as many as God asks me to - and I pray continuously.  But first and foremost in those prayers needs to be the prayer for the Gospel to be preached in all the world.  The word redemption must be spoken so many times, by so many believers, that it becomes a roar.
 
I must be honest, I have never even considered having a blog before - ever.  In fact, I hadn't even considered having a blog before two hours ago.  The fact I can have one speaks not only to the fact that technology is smarter than me (and therefore smart enough to get me online in all of my ignorance), but also to the strength of the whispers burning on my soul.  Part of me feels like the last thing needed is another blog - but the other part of me longs to invite others on this journey with me and my family.  We are passionate about the Gospel and we are passionate about adopting - redeeming those held captive by their sin and those being held captive by this world's corruption and fallen-ness.  I know there is too much to be done by my family - or one church body - or one organization.  So I am hoping that I can spread the passion that God has placed in my soul.  That maybe by allowing someone to follow along on our journey, they will be strengthened to join the journey as well.
 
Until He comes....