Thursday, November 12, 2015

un-redeeming redeeming qualities

I think it's safe to say that at some point in our lives, we reach the point where we realize we're not as amazing as we thought we were. We're--dare I say it--average people.

It can be a scary realization, especially for those of us whose sense of self-worth banks on our awesomeness (preaching to myself here).

I've been thinking about redeeming qualities because I've recently hit this point in life. If who I am isn't all that incredible, then who am I? What makes me valuable? important? loved? remembered? (Anyone else going through their quarter life crisis?!)

My musings often boil down to this point: Which strengths lessen the blow of my weaknesses?

If that thought isn't indicative of immaturity, I don't know what is! Thankfully, I didn't get far trying to justify myself when Jesus reined me back in.

Newsflash: It doesn't work that way, Sarah.

The lie of redeeming qualities is that we, by ourselves, have the ability to redeem our shortcomings. Our most wonderful quality is wonderful enough to right our most disgusting wrong.

This doesn't make sense, does it? Or, maybe even more accurately: This better not make sense. Think of all the craziness that would exist if it did: A drunk driver justified because she is a compassionate volunteer at the children's hospital. An abusive parent justified because he is a generous giver.

The list would be endless and outright horrifying.

Thankfully, when it comes to finding redemption, our qualities count for want. Thankfully, in more ways than one, an intimate relationship with Jesus is the only redeeming quality there is. For anyone. Ever.

Jesus alone has "the one thing" wonderful enough to right the most disgusting wrong every one of us has ever committed: perfect unity with God.

Not only this, but Jesus loves God and He loves us. Because of this, He's removed every barrier keeping us from redemption into a good and full life.

Our daily commitment, then, is to love Jesus as much as we can the best we know how, and to thank Him for His love that overflows with complete redemption for even the hardest of days.

in this together,