So I have been thinking a lot lately about this thing called Redemption. What does that even mean?
It means that every one of us has a story. Every one of us has experienced difficult things, has done wrong things, and has been broken in some way. Every one of us has things in our lives that we would rather keep hidden, because to us, it’s shameful, hideous, and just plain ugly. We are satisfied to be released from the clutches of those chains, but would rather not share about that thing with anyone. However, I’m finding that God is not satisfied with that.
You see, God is interested in freedom – for all His children. He is SO HAPPY to see you live in joy and liberty from the bondage you were in, but the story doesn’t stop there. He ALWAYS calls us to step out and share that freedom with others as we are ready, as He prepares us, and as He opens doors. And you can be sure that He WILL open those doors, and it won’t be ugly anymore. It will be beautiful. Because, as the song says, He makes beautiful things out of the dust.
For fifteen years, I struggled with a secret sexual sin that I told NO ONE about. Even when God freed me from this addiction a year and a half ago, I was determined to tell NO ONE about it…because it was shameful, hideous, and totally ugly. However, little by little God began to drive home this idea of redemption…that it is not just for the socially accepted parts of me, but for the secret things as well. He began to lead me to people who had also struggled with similar things, and began asking me to share publicly about the addiction and the healing.
It’s amazing how common our struggles are, but we don’t realize they are common because we don’t talk about them. Rather, we believe the lie that we are “the only ones” and that we must find the solution on our own…or keep it hidden well enough so that no one could ever find out. However, hiding doesn’t work, because if there is anything that I have learned in ministry, it’s that everything comes to the light in due time. I have learned that it’s not worth it to hide anything, because the fall is a lot harder to recover from than the unveiling. God honors an honest heart, and He LOVES YOU. He doesn’t just want to give you healing, but He wants to RESTORE what was once broken. He wants to turn what was ugly into something beautiful. He wants to see you and the rest of His children dancing in freedom.
So as hard as it is, I have determined to hold nothing back. As God leads, I will share – even the ugly things – if it will bring Him glory. If it could open the door to freedom for someone else, it’s worth it. Because I know what it’s like to be in bondage…I know what it’s like to be addicted, and it’s a dark place to be. Now I’m free. And I want you to be free too. Would you be open to REDEMPTION’S STORY being made manifest in your life? Take that step toward Jesus today and watch the pages unfold.