Lytroo – Redeemed

Today's blogger is Karen Pickering of Lytroo Retreat.  
“Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified…do you not know…that you are not your own?  For you have been bought with a price;”  I Corinthians 6:11, 19-20 (NASB)
“Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things…but with precious blood,…the blood of Christ.”  I Peter 1:18-19 (NASB)
You are a slave.  There is no escape.  You have entangled yourself in your own wants and pursuits.  You have followed everything but God.  Picture yourself in the slave market…weeping for your plight, but unable to purchase your freedom.  You are without hope.
A King has been watching you from eternity past.  He sees your wretched condition.  He sees that your heart is totally self-absorbed.  You have no love or regard for the King…and yet…He sends His only dear son to buy your freedom…not with gold or silver…not with lands and property.  Horror of horrors, He offers His own son’s life in exchange for yours.  How could it be?  You are the King’s enemy.  You haven’t obeyed, trusted or even turned your face toward Him and yet He buys you from the slave market at an unspeakable price.
You’re free!  Free, to serve a new, better master…a perfect master…a master who demands everything of you.  But the King goes further.  He goes so far as to adopt you.  You become His child.  You have been given the rights and privileges of His own dear son.  You have been set free.  Set free to serve Him.
Galatians 4:4-9  “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’  Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.  However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slave to those which by nature are no gods.  But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?” (NASB)