There is a song by Big Daddy Weave called I am Redeemed. It is a powerful song that has ministered to me every time I heard it over the past few months. Wednesday, driving in my car, I had a revelation that I really am redeemed, it was if Christ was sitting in the car with me saying “Child, lift up your head” and “stop fighting a fight that’s already been won.” The song says:
All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”
I remember, oh God, You’re not done with me yet
Over the past year, I have shared bits and pieces of my testimony as I share about my job and the road that lead me there, and brought me to where I am now. I know, that as moving as it can be for others, I barely scratch the surface of what God has done in my life. I also know deep inside, that part of me doesn’t share it all because, as this song says:
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me “son
Stop fighting a fight it’s already been won”
I realized, listening to this song today that I have been trying to fight a battle that was already won. I am not the person that I used to be. And there is nothing I have to fight to overcome it, because the day I accepted Christ into my life, the fight was one. I became a new creature. The old things passed away.
There are times (when I have no time) that I feel led to write all that God has done in my life. “The Path of Grace”, as I know that it is only by God’s grace I am even alive. Then I reason with myself that it is not all my story to tell and that I am certainly not where I need to be. I have no “right to share” because I have not arrived.
I continue to share as I feel led, with individuals and groups that can benefit from the reminder that regardless of where you have been, what you have done, or what others think and say about you, if you have accepted Christ, you are a new creation. I share to remind people that, people can change if given the encouragement and direction.
I don’t have to be the old man inside of me
‘Cause his day is long dead and gone
Because I’ve got a new name, a new life, I’m not the same
And a hope that will carry me home
Listening to the words of this song, maybe it is really the Journey to Grace. It is the lessons that I am really learning along the way that help others along in their journey. The path before me is God’s Grace, the path behind me has been the Journey to stay on it. I am not who I used to be, I am redeemed.