You’re not beyond redemption!

by Spike Bowan  |  published on June 12, 2017

Redemption-56a148553df78cf772692837I have written before about how God calls you to do something while you are in the middle of doing something else.

It’s kind of his modus operandi. In case you don’t know that term, [modus operandi: a particular way or method of doing something, especially one that is characteristic or well-established]

God also has a knack for using the most unlikely people, to do the most unexpected things. Noah was a drunk. Moses was a murderer. Paul was a hunter of Christians who sent Jesus’ followers to their death.

Yes, Paul was not always the devout apostle we remember from Sunday school. SaulosTarseus), was an apostle who taught the gospel of the Christ to the first century world. … According to writings in the New Testament, prior to his conversion, Paul was dedicated to persecuting the early disciples of Jesus around Jerusalem.

So, what is the point I am trying to make you might ask? My point is simple. God forgives and can and will use you to do great things. No matter what your past is. Asking for God’s forgiveness and walking the path with Christ is what he wants for all of us.

Christ paid for our sins with his blood. The ransom has been paid, and now God is calling you to work with him and to do great things in his name.

Isaiah 53:5

5 “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

John 3:16

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

So many people think that they are beyond redemption that it keeps many people away from Christ, the church and Gods will. This is simply not the case. The Bible tells us so.

Luke 15: 11-21

The Parable of the Lost Son

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinnedagainst heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

I have personally experienced the love and grace of God myself. He welcomed me back with open arms and a loving embrace. I thought that my sins were so immense that there was no hope for me. I was wrong. The parable finishes talking about the devout brother, he remained faithful to the father and how angry he was that they were celebrating.

Luke 15: 28-32

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your propertywith prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

God wants you to come home. He wants you back in his arms. He has great plans for you, you need only submit to his will and work with God to accomplish it.