Those 3 little words have such enormous meaning in my life! I have so many reasons to be thankful; being rescued, redeemed and restored are at the top of my list and bring my heart to a state of gratitude overflow.
Let’s mine the word, “rescued”, for a moment. When we have an emergency of any sort, like a fire or a medical situation, the wonderful first responders arrive. Those men and women sacrificially put their lives on the line for others; we are so grateful that we can’t wait to thank them, to sing their praises, to let others around us know how thankful we are to have been rescued.
That’s the way I feel about Jesus. I was heading for hell (yes, harsh word but there it is); I was already in a life that was centered on self and that, my friends, was not a pretty sight! Then I met Jesus, the ONE Who was bloodied, beaten, tortured, spit upon, mocked (I think you get the picture) for ME!!!!
Since He rescued me from a life of futility and an eternity apart from God, I am compelled to tell others about that act of love, done
for me when I was (and still am) totally undeserving. I want to love others the same way; I want to reach out to women and let them know they have already been rescued! They just need to accept that gift.
How about “redeemed”? Jesus delivered me out of my own self-made prison. It cost God everything but was a free gift for me. That is the simplest of ideas but so very hard to live out. How can it be that simple? But, that is exactly what happened. Even though I continue to battle with sinful motives, ideas and attitudes, I am not habitually bound by them. Through the working of the Holy Spirit in me, I am free to make choices that please God and bring more joy to my life!
And finally, “restored”. Have you ever taken something broken, something you really loved, and brought it back to working condition? Perhaps you had a piece of tarnished silver, when polished, became beautiful again? That’s what Jesus did/does for me! I have many “dented” places in my past and my character was “tarnished” in ways I don’t even like to remember. But through the love and grace of Jesus, I have been restored!
In fact, I have been restored to the place that God is using even me, of all people, to share His love and mercy and grace with others! As a Christian speaker I LOVE to encourage other women to live out the purpose filled adventure God has waiting for them. In God’s eyes, we are worth it!
It’s because I know what God has done for me through His Son, Jesus Christ that I desire to love others without conditions, without borders. God’s perspective on love is wonderfully described in
I Corinthians 13:4,5
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
(I would encourage you to read the rest of this chapter.)
So my prayer is this: “Open my heart, Lord God, to love others as you have loved me”. Give me opportunities to speak to women of Your amazing ability to rescue, redeem and restore. May God be glorified!
Judy mentors and encourages women through discipleship, speaking and writing, Judy is a graduate of CCC (2014) and speaks for Stonecroft Ministries as well as at special events. See her weekly blog post at www.judymoorevader.com.