And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing;

Everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;

They shall obtain gladness and joy;

And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Isaiah 35: 10

 

We all start off in this life as the downtrodden, the orphaned, and destitute. All of us have been abandoned by our ancestral parents, and the rightful heritage that our Father, the Creator, intended for us to receive has been claimed by another. We are in the exact position of total helplessness and complete absence of resources that the concept of redeemer was designed by God to answer. Even if life seems to be going along fine; without the redemptive work of Christ in my life, I am one heartbeat and a singular action away from facing the stark reality of a very painful personal eternity. Additionally, real meaning in life that lasts and relationships that are founded on the deep love of Christ are outside of my grasp and beyond my understanding.

 

Yet, the Lord voluntarily stepped into my life and agreed to take on my debts and my obligations in order to free me from the ownership of evil and to place me into a relationship with Him. Although Christ’s redemptive work does truly secure my status as an unending child of God; it also does far more for me. God desires to see me restored to the state of effective, loving living and close, intimate relationship with Him that He intended to be the everyday norm for people. Christ brings me back into His constant presence and remakes every fiber of my being into the image of God form that has always been His intent. Thus my heart is alive with the song of joy that comes from God’s heart.

 

In fact, the joy that God brings to me is so powerful that it has the effect of actually driving away the negative effects of evil in this world. As we embrace God’s joy and allow it to pour out of us, we can have an impact on the world around us. As people are bathed in God’s goodness, there is an irresistible quality to this change that can lead them to seek out the one who brings about this transformation. As I allow Christ’s restorative work the opportunity to turn my sorrow into singing; I become the Lord’s agent for bringing the same restoration to the world around me.

 

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