Monday, April 21, 2014

Redeemed, Set Free, Transformed


What do we see when we live in the past? The good? The bad? The successes? The failures? What part of our history defines us?

I am who I am because of the circumstances I’ve lived through.

Do you think that, too?

I am who I am because of the circumstances I’ve survived.

Or are you more a survivor?

A couple years ago I was sinking low into my past. Not the successes, but the failures. I spent a whole summer in bed. Flowers made me cry. Things I loved stressed me out. 

I started seeing things in people. Traits in people I had surrounded myself with by choice that were reflections of other people I had intentionally separated myself from because of the effects their behaviors had on me.

I taught a Sunday school lesson to a group of high school students about transformation. Once a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, it can’t go back to being a caterpillar. It’s transformation is complete and permanent.  So is God’s gift of salvation when we accept it. 

We continue to grow and learn, but the transformation is complete and permanent. I am no longer who I was. I am not a prisoner to my past. 

I am FREE in Christ.

Yes, I bawl through this song just about every time I hear it or sing it. 

I am not chained to my past. I am not chained to a list of rules, regulations, or doctrine. I have been set free by the blood of Jesus. I am “Redeemed”!