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It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog post. My life has been extremely busy with school and my job search (which I am happy to say I have secured my dream job). In this busy time I have been very centrally focused – which has its positives and negatives.
Speaking of which, today I had a very difficult, but GOOD experience. I realized that I am not a considerate person. This was quite shocking for me because I have lived convinced that I make conscious efforts to improve the lives of others. Whether I am grocery shopping for my family or complimenting a friend on an achievement – I was conscious of my good intentions.
The key word here is conscious. I was trying to do what “I” thought was best by this person or that person, but….
THAT WASN’T GOOD ENOUGH!
In anger and tears, I realized that I was interpreting what others wanted through my lens. I was half-listening.
YES – I knew, generally, what my sister, friends, family, etc. liked but when it came time for me to show them I had listened to them I had nothing. Why? Because I hadn’t REALLY paid attention to them.
As I sat in my room this evening, my mind kept returning to the idea of REDEMPTION, especially Redemptive Love.
Dfn. an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake; deliverance ; rescue
This might be quite a big jump for some of you, but growing up as a Christian and through long (often repeated) conversations with my parents I believe bad habits, like half-listening, have ripple affects that can be disastrous if left un-pruned.
Many of you will be familiar with the Christ Story
(this is a link to a great video explaining the gift of Christ), some of you will think he was a great Prophet, or others of you may be indifferent. For those of you who are unfamiliar, I will explain, briefly:
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, this means He is PERFECT and has none of the flaws
we suffer with. Around 2000 years ago Christ was sent to this Earth,
born of a Virgin in a Bethlehem stable he spent the first moments of His life laying
in a food trough. He grew and remained sinless and when he was 30 years-old
he began Ministry and established The 12 Disciples. When he was 33 years-old Jesus Christ, was crucified for proclaiming he was God’s Son and a incarnation of God’s faithfulness.
The Messiah died and was laid in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, 3 days later he rose again holding true the promises in the Old Testament that God would send
a spotless Lamb to cleanse the world, once and for all, of Sin.
Now going back to my theme of “consciousness”. Christ was conscious of his actions, but His actions were pure because he was Son of God. Being who he is, and was, meant that he made no mistakes therefore he did not need to have atonement for his sins because he was the payment.
As a Human, I am made in the image of God but I am not God (sadly, not even close Isaiah 64:6
) which means that I am in need of Redemption. My sin has separated me from My Creator, who desires a relationship so much so that He sent His Son to DIE!
I am still astonished by this, even more so on days like today when I realize my frailty or “human-ness”.
But, despite my failings Christ chose to sacrifice himself to pay for my sins against God. This gift is not something that I could ever earn – I couldn’t even come close to it. Nevertheless, God offers this gift freely to anyone who will confess faith in Him. When we do this our names are written in “The Lambs Book of Life”, which to me is the heavenly equivalent of a Family Tree, but much more beautiful.
Coming to the verse image at the top of this post that says:
“That your joy may be made full”
~ John 16:24
This verse comes at a time in the Book of John when Christ is preparing his disciples for his death. But it is more than that, this passage prepares the Believers for the Redemptive Gift. Through faith in Christ we can speak with God and be healed of these flaws (i.e. my most recent revelation). All we have to do is ask God to help us break down the walls we have built against Him so that our joy will overflow and renew us through His Redemptive Love.
This type of spiritual growth is a refining process (1 Peter 1:7) and it will be difficult at times, but your life – and mine – will be so much better when you are relived of your burden and beginning to live a fuller, more joyful life.