I enjoy listening to other people’s stories, especially men and women who really love Jesus because of their redemption from a rocky past.
I think about the lady who annointed Jesus’ feet with perfume and washed His feet with her tears…
All of her sins were forgiven! She was so thankful.
I know that I can look back over my life and see all my past sin, pain, guilt, shame, and hurt–I’ve been healed from so much!–that God’s goodness is overwhelming in comparison.
Some people get really uncomfortable about such open displays of gratitude. “Can’t you tone it down a little?” they ask.
All Jesus says is, “It’s okay. I really appreciate your act of worship, your sincere devotion.”
There are many Christians who feel like they did Jesus a favor by accepting Him, but what did we have to offer?
Enough baggage to fill a cargo plane?
Empty attempts to gain the approval of others?
In Romans 8:17, it says that we are joint heirs with Jesus, meaning that we are each other’s inheritance.
This is awesome news for us because it means that all of God’s blessings are given and not earned. Though, it got me to thinking:
Jesus got the bum end of the deal.
I don’t mean this disparagingly, either. It’s just that in light of His great sacrifice it’s hard for me to be real uppity about how awesome I am.
Without Christ, I am nothing and I have nothing, so all I have for Him is gratefulness and a heart full of worship.
This is why I get so excited to hear redemption stories and to share my own.
We were redeemed at great cost and the chance at a do over is more than we could ever imagine.