UNREDEEMABLE … this word has been replaying in my mind the last few days. As I am sitting down with my afternoon coffee at my kitchen table, feeling the California breeze coming through my house, I am starting this post unsure what trail we will be going down. I just feel like this is a word I should sit and ponder on.
What does unredeemable?
Unredeemable: unable to be redeemed or made better.
So, what does redeem mean?
Redeem: to buy back, to repurchase, to get back, win back, to free from what distresses or harms. To change for the better, repair, restore.
Do you feel as though your life is unredeemable? Do you feel as though you are too far off with life, a friendship? Has something so severe happened in your life that you think you can’t win back your old life? That you cannot be free from what distresses or harms you? That you can’t be changed for the better, or be repaired and restored?
There is a question I often ask myself and hear others ask as well.
Why do bad things happen? Even better, why do bad things happen to good people?
And although I can’t answer that question. I do have an answer that has helped me through situations where I am asking myself, “WHY?!”.
The answer is Jesus.
Whoa whoa whoa… I just took this a different direction than some of you may have expected. Please. Please, do me a favor. If you are turned off by that name, by the thought of a Christian who has hurt you, or by a church who has hurt you… Please stop and take a moment to finish reading this post.
We are all human, we all sin, we all hurt, we have all hurt someone else. Hurt people, hurt people. **
But one constant I have found in my life is Jesus. There are so many times I get shy and want to maybe sit back not necessarily shout at the top of my lungs about my relationship with Jesus. It is something that I am not ashamed of, but a lie that I tend to believe is that I don’t have all the answers, that I won’t know how to answer your question… That I may not have the right words to explain how my life has been so radically changed by having a relationship with Him.
But I heard someone talking recently about how all I need is 1) my own answer to why I believe in God and 2) an invitation. An invitation to someone, asking them to come and check out who God is and what He is about.
I recently shared a post about a time when God answered my prayers. Was it through prayer and healing or just a mistake on the ultra sound equipment… I don’t know the answer but I know that God was there through the whole situation and brought me peace during a very scary time. You can click here to read one of my stories of how God/Jesus has been there for me.
Back to UNREDEEMABLE, another statement I often hear is, “Oh I’m too far off to go to church. They don’t want a sinner like me in church. I have to fix myself before I can go to church.”
But that is NOT, let me repeat myself, N.O.T. the way a relationship with Jesus works. He doesn’t want us to fix ourselves first, and then come.
He wants us to come to Him first. No matter our level of brokenness, He says He will help us. He will heal our broken hearts, He will help bring restoration.
In fact, He is the way to help fix ourselves. He is the one who knows us better than we know our selves. Luke 12:7 (NLT) says, “And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” God knows how many hairs you have on your head. He cares for you!
In closing, here’s a quote I heard from the lead pastor at my church, “A botanist can tell you how many seeds an orange has, but only God can tell you how many oranges a seed will have”. –Pastor Jurgen (C3 San Diego North). God wants us to come to Him first and He will help. He can redeem anyone, no matter how broken or unworthy you feel. Take a step of faith and put your trust in Him. Nothing is UNREDEEMABLE for him.