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This Week We're Looking at Ransom
When I think of the word “ransom” I see the face of a tattered and broken young woman. Bits and pieces of her story are vivid images of the heartbeat of the word “ransom” reminding me of God’s redeeming love.
They received training to learn a skill, were registered in school, and received counseling to help them find inner healing amongst other things.
My friend was not only rescued from her physical dire circumstances but she was delivered from her spiritual darkness and came to know Jesus as her Savior “Who gave Himself as a ransom for all...” (1 Timothy 2:6).
The word “ransom” implies one thing—captivity and the need for one to be rescued. You may not be able to relate to my friend’s life. You may even think—but I am not involved with drugs or immoral things. Here’s the reality—any sin, no matter how small, separates us from God. You may not be held captive physically like my precious friend but you can be held captive mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.
Please don’t rush past words like “redeemed or saved” especially if you’ve grown up in the church. Stop and ponder the word “ransom” it’s such a beautiful picture of what God does for you and me. On the cross, Jesus Christ paid the price for your freedom. You see, you were held captive because of your sin and unable to pay the price of freedom. But God sent Jesus to deliver us and through His precious blood we were set free.
You may be a "doer" and find it hard to simply accept His gift. Believe me, I’ve tried to earn His favor and it doesn’t work. Nothing you do can make Him love you more or less. I share a little about that here.
“What was lost in the garden was redeemed on the cross.”— J. Rothschild
1 Peter 1:18-19 “...Knowing that you were RANSOMED from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ…”
Here’s what “ransom” means practically:
You are free to walk in a manner worthy of His calling. This ransom was the official adoption into His family therefore making you a beloved daughter of the King! This is how valuable you are to Him. You may not feel valued or loved, but you are! Who you are and how you feel are not the same thing.
Your ransom has already been paid in full and you’ve been brought near by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13). Salvation and freedom are freely given to you, In fact, there is nothing you can do to earn Salvation. To live in that freedom requires you to robe yourself in Christ’s righteousness and to daily embrace your new name—beloved daughter.
Will you allow Him to rescue you? Will you accept this freedom Jesus offers you and choose to trust in Him? If you’re not sure, evaluate where "trusting in your own strength and in others" has gotten you?
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I’ll leave you with this: Ransom means you are deeply loved. It means you have been set free.
Who you are and how you feel are not the same thing. So, tell your past, it can’t boss you around. You are a beloved daughter of the King. A child of God who has been ransomed, rescued, and redeemed in Christ Jesus.
Mari is a speaker, writer, family life coach, wife, and mom. She is married to her college sweetheart and a mom to three boys.
Mari is the author of Proverbs 31 in 5 Minutes a Day. You can read more about her beautiful book and download a sample and grab one of her free printables here.
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