Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Redemption

Redemption. I've been thinking about it a lot lately. Mine. Yours.


Hers. She was redeemed. And I am not even remotely talking about her adoption here. I am talking about the fact that a people group that coud be so spiteful, hateful, ugly, disobedient and sinister and display absolutely no outwardly desirable traits could be loved SO MUCH by God that He would humble Himself to becoming one of us and then be willing to die for us to be saved.

Redemption. It's a whole lot to wrap your head around. The past week or so - as I got to do a tiny bit of work with 60 feet - a cool organization that proclaims God's name loud and clear in the work they do - I really got to thinking about redemption. And the understanding of it.

And I think it's why I go. It's why I pack up, sacrifice time with my family, sacrifice my vacation days and money... and go spend time visiting orphans in their distress. And don't get me wrong - my sacrifice... it pales in comparison to His.

But I do that because I get to tangibly walk out the Gospel. Does that make sense? If we are to align ourselves with God and His nature - this is simply as close as I can get to doing that. Loving the least. Cuz that's what He did to me. Loved me.

No book or sermon series. No pastor or fancy, creative video. No worship song or fellowship has ever revealed to me the true nature of God like going and visiting orphans and spending time with them on their turf has.

I am redeemed. And there is nothing that anybody close to me or distant can say or do to take that gift away from me.

These lyrics from Lecrae have been resonating with me lately - because we should ALL be boasting in Him and the cross.:

If this life has anything to gain at all
I count it lost if I can't hear you, feel you, 'cause I need you
Can't walk this earth alone
I recognize I am not my own, so before I fall
I need to hear you, feel you, as I live to make my boast in you alone

With every breath I take, with every heart beat,
Sunrise and the moon lights in the dark street
Every glance, every dance, every note of a song
It's all a gift undeserved that I shouldn't have known
Every day that I lie, every moment I covet
I'm deserving to die, I'm just earning your judgment
Ah, without the cross there's only condemnation
If Jesus wasn't executed there's no celebration
So in times that are good, in times that are bad
For any times that I've had at all I will be glad
And I will boast in the cross, I boast in my pains
I will boast in the sunshine, boast in his reign
What's my life if it's not praising you
Another dollar in my bank account of vain pursuit,
I do
not count my life as any value or precious at all
Let me finish my race, let me answer my call

If this life has anything to gain at all
I count it lost if I can't hear you, feel you, 'cause I need you
Can't walk this earth alone
I recognize I am not my own, so before I fall
I need to hear you, feel you, as I live to make my boast in you alone

Tomorrow's never promised, but it is we swear
Think we holding our own, just a fist full of air
God has never been obligated to give us life
If we fought for our rights, we'd be in hell tonight
Mere sinners own nothing but a fierce hand
We never loved Him, we pushed away His pierced hands
I rejected His love, grace, kindness, and mercy
Dying of thirst, yet willing to die thirsty
Eternally worthy, how could I live for less?
Patiently you turn my heart away from selfishness
I volunteer for your sanctifying surgery
I know the spirits purging me of everything that's hurting me
Remove the veil from my darkened eyes
So now every morning I open Your Word and see the sunrise
I hope in nothing, boast in nothing, only in your suffering
I live to show Your glory, dying to tell Your story

If this life has anything to gain at all
I count it lost if I can't hear you, feel you, 'cause I need you
Can't walk this earth alone
I recognize I am not my own, so before I fall
I need to hear you, feel you, as I live to make my boast in you alone

Glory was solely meant for you
Doing what no one else could do
With all I have to give, (With all I have to give)
I'll use my life, I'll use my lips (My Lips, Yaaa)
I'll only glory in your Word
What gift to me I don't deserve
I'll live in such a way that it reflects to you, my, my Praise

If this life has anything to gain at all
I count it lost if I can't hear you, feel you, 'cause I need you
Can't walk this earth alone
I recognize I am not my own, so before I fall
I need to hear you, feel you, as I live to make my boast in you alone

We are redeemed. And I am thankful...

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