“God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

When I was a single girl still living in Houston (today I call San Antonio home), I had this fabulous home office set up for Redeemed Girl. Most mornings, when not traveling to events, I’d pour my coffee then make my commute out my backdoor to a little office behind my house. In a city known for horrific traffic, it was literally THE BEST COMMUTE EVER! As I made this 30-second trek, (more than likely in flannel pajamas—don’t judge) I came face to face with a sign on my office door that read: “Every saint has a past; every sinner has a future.”

This sign stood as a daily reminder to me and all who entered into Redeemed Girl Ministries about who we are and why we exist. We exist to see women redeemed by the grace of Jesus Christ and to see their lives transformed by His truth.

We absolutely believe every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future!

“A Christian is one who recognizes Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God, as God manifested in the flesh, loving us and dying for our redemption; and who is so affected by a sense of the love of this incarnate God as to be constrained to make the will of Christ the rule of his obedience, and the glory of Christ the great end for which He lives.” ~ Charles Hodge

Redeemed is an old-school word. It means to buy something back and to restore it to the original intent. Imagine our God lifting up something from the junkyard of life and restoring it to a glorious work of art. He makes beautiful things. This is redemption. This is precisely what Christ accomplished for us in His life, death and resurrection. God the Father saw us—broken, stuck in sin and a slave to the enemy. And in our helpless state, He enacted a plan to redeem. His own Son would become the payment to set us free.

… aren’t we glad He did?

For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life, you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. —1 Peter 1:18-19 NLT

Early on in my walk with Jesus I flat-out fell in love with the word “redeemed.” The word radically altered how I saw myself and how I viewed my new identity— I came to understand that something is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. If grace saves us, then it is redemption that transforms us. Because we behave how we believe, there is an emancipation of soul that occurs when we see clearly what Christ has done for us. At the core of our beings, we must know that forgiveness is accomplished, freedom is available, and wholeness is offered. As I began to read and study the Bible, the concept of redemption gripped me and wouldn’t let me go. The idea that God intentionally pursues, rescues and restores us to Himself is all packaged in that one beautiful word—redeemed. I love it so much I named a ministry after it.

I love this word for more than just theological reasons, but for highly personal ones.

I was once the girl marked by shame—the sinner with the past. When I looked back on the girl I once was, the choices I made, the hurt I experienced, the regret I carried— I was blown away by the fact that Jesus would willingly and lovingly take all of my junk and restore me to something glorious. This word means I’m not the girl I used to be; I am who my God freed me to be! Jesus declared me to be a new creation—a redeemed girl!

Jesus redeemed painful memories from my past and gave me a future and a hope!

Jesus redeemed me from the lies I believed … and set me free with His truth.

Jesus redeemed the little girl who thought she was unloveable… and showed me my worth in Him!

Jesus redeemed the college coed who looked for love in all the wrong places and poured out on me the greatest love I’ve ever known.

Jesus redeemed broken relationships and brought wholeness, forgiveness and peace.

Jesus redeemed the emptiness of my past and crowned my life with good things.

It is Christmas time as I write this post. While we celebrate the incarnation of the Son of God, the glorious mystery that God became a man, I pray we would behold the fullness of this story. As C.S. Lewis said, “God became a man so that men could become sons of God.” I pray this Advent season you experience the beauty of Jesus’ mission in His coming—to redeem us and restore us to glory!

For His Glory,

Marian

In case you can’t tell, I’m passionate about the word redeemed. If you are too, then let me share something exciting with you. RGM is thrilled to launch our new “Redeemed” shirt this month.  Hands down,  these are the most comfortable t-shirt you’ll ever wear (move over flannel pajamas.) But more importantly, they carry the greatest message—redemption.

We think these would make the perfect Christmas gift for the woman in your family who loves Jesus or as a personal gift to yourself to remind your heart and mind of what Jesus accomplished for you.  All proceeds from the sales of our “Redeemed” shirt go to fund Redeemed Girl Ministries. We hope you’ll buy one today and help us take the same message of hope and freedom to women across the globe.

** For Christmas delivery please order prior to December 18th.

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