Bought Back

          Can you imagine giving away a box of odds and ends to the Goodwill® and then realizing your grandmother’s precious family heirloom ring was in the carton? You’d probably run as fast as you could to the store to get the item back. When you arrived, however, you discovered that the clerk had already placed the ring in the display case. Undoubtedly, you would happily pay whatever price there was on the tag to purchase the ring. In fact, you would be buying it back, redeeming it, from an unknown fate.

           God has done the very same thing for us. We were that precious ring, tarnished and lost in the carton on this world amid all its wickedness. My fate seemed sealed, for “… I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin” Romans7:14(NIV). But thank God for Jesus. Galatians 3:13-14 proclaims, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (NKJ).

          God’s love for us to this extent is not merely a New Testament thing. All the way back in the book of Isaiah, God identified Himself as the Redeemer. Isaiah introduced the Lord as the One “…who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel” and then he quotes the Lord saying, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine” Isaiah 43:1 (NKJ).

         Lift up your head today. You have value. You were precious enough for God to come all the way to Earth to purchase you out of sin’s bondage. He sacrificially paid the price to see you free. Make the attitudinal change necessary to match the changed reality in which you now stand. In actuality, you now have a whole new lease on life. Let new behaviors flow from your position as a blood-bought believer.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

 

~ by sanewriter on October 2, 2011.

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