The name Graciously Redeemed originated in a small pocket money earning hobby I started about 4 years ago when I wanted to earn some money for my husband’s 40th birthday. I always enjoyed pursuing garage sales and op shops, looking for a bargain, and I started “upcycling” these and selling them in a small home decor shop on commission.
The things I bought were usually pretty beaten up. As other people found out about it I had some pretty “abused” pieces of furniture come my way. I always loved the feeling that I was restoring them, buying them back so that they would be renewed, “redeeming” them from destruction if you like. As I worked on them I would often think of God’s work in us, of the patience he exhibits as He chips away, finely polishes, or even enhances and beautifies our imperfections. I hoped that others would see these items as ones which had been “Graciously Redeemed”.
When I started this blog it seemed like the natural name for it because I felt like I was symbolised by those items so well. I have indeed been “Graciously Redeemed”.
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10
It is such a profound encouragement to me to know that my salvation is by grace! If it depended on me, I would not have any confidence in my own ability to achieve it, or to carry on. But if it is God’s grace at work in me then, I can rest, knowing He is faithful! I can live a life of thankful response to Him.
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. Ephesians 6:1
Throughout the Old Testament God foreshadows this beautiful picture of redemption. For His people the need for redemption was very real. Their disobedience led them into physical slavery and separation from the fulfillment of all the promises Abraham had received. God’s redemption was not a luxury. They called out for His rescue in great need. In the lives of individuals too, this picture of restoration and rescue from foes is seen. The story of Ruth is a short but powerful picture of the wonderful provision of a redeemer.
As we come to the New Testament we see pictured in one man all that a Redeemer actually is..and what it means for us to be “redeemed”. Jesus Christ is our redeemer and He paid a high price to “buy us back”, to “rescue” us from our foe. It is Christ’s blood, His death on the cross, and the wrath He endured on our behalf, that allows those who believe in Him to say, “We are the Redeemed!”
As a woman who is redeemed by Christ I want to join with voices throughout the ages to proclaim all He has done for me…
Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story– those he redeemed from the hand of the foe… Ps 107:2
I am Graciously Redeemed and so very thankful. I am also so very aware that, while God sees Christ’s perfection in me because of my unity to Him, I still struggle with an old nature. This has left me with habits and desires which do not reflect that status at all! And so…I am on this journey…to be who God has declared me to be. To seek to know God and his character through His Word, to understand more and more the principles of His Kingdom, and, in dependence on His Holy Spirit at work in my life, to apply those things to the decisions and actions of my life. I am a work in progress! Come…walk with me as my Redeemer refinishes me!