I see an army of everyday people rising up who will passionately carry and make known through word and action the redemptive heart of God in our generation, a people who:
Represent different generations, cultures and walks of life, who know their lives have been redeemed – “purchased back to God and wholeness” – through the love and power of the living God.
Are non-religious and marked by “mercy and grace”, believing that Jesus’ one-time, sacrificial act of giving His life on the cross paid the bill for their freedom – a bill that they could never pay themselves, a bill that was not just about their freedom but that of all humanity. (Ephesians 2:8)
Know that God can change the storyline of a person’s life and cause his or her story to have a fresh chapter or a better ending, no matter who they are; who believe that no person is unreachable, or any situation too impossible that God cannot turn it around. (John 10:10)
Passionately believe that the Father heart of God is one of redemption and reconciliation; that it is His will and desire that none should perish in life or eternity, and have made “That none would perish” their battle cry. (2 Peter 3:9)
Are unashamed concerning the Gospel and will not stay silent about what God has done in their life, or settle for hiding behind rocks of insecurity, fear or excuse, but will be a part of a redeemed people who “say so” about what God has done in their life as God gives them opportunity. (Romans 1:16 and Psalm 107:2)
Know, like the liberated donkey in Luke 19, that their lives have been freed by God to be used by God; a people who daily purpose to carry the redemptive heart of God, who gladly bear their backs to be a willing vehicle for Him, ready and privileged to take Him wherever, and to whomever, He wants to go. (Luke 10:28-31)
Are never “too busy” to allow their lives to be God’s “redemptive interruptions” in the lives of others, so that those lives can also be re-routed to a better destination and future; a people that do not mind God spending the currency of their life on His redemptive plans for others. (2 Corinthians 12:15)
Are not afraid to lay down their lives to be “redemptive pathways” that God can use between Himself and Man, so that others can have a clear pathway to knowing Him and experiencing the life change He offers. (1 John 3:16 and John 15:13)
Do not carry or represent a message of judgement, guilt or fear that repels people from God, but rather one of love, grace and mercy that draws a person to Him. (John 3:16-17)
Are God's modern-day Samaritans, that don’t cross the road when they see others in need but rather step into real-life situations to see the lives of others, even those they don’t know, redeemed and made better. (Luke 10: 25-37)
Know they are called and commissioned to be God's “ambassadors” on the earth, delivering to others they meet in their daily life the invitation of God to be reconciled to back to Him. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)
Have realised the God has called and empowered them to not just carry His redemptive heart but also to be His arms and feet in people's needs and situations. (Acts 1:8)
See people and communities, that others may walk past or have given up on, through God's eyes of redemptive intention; they simply cannot, and refuse to, give up on what God has not given up on.
No longer find contentment just sitting or being 'stored' in the churches they attend, but want to be trained and mobilised by their church to carry redemption to the lives of others. (Ephesians 4: 11-13)
Put their time and money where their mouth is, fully aware that redemption always has a cost, just as it cost God His only beloved Son to redeem humanity; who know there will always be a bill in bringing God's redemption (wholeness) to the lives of others – whether it is time, money or sacrifice, they are willing to pay the bill and cover the cost to see others experience God's freedom. (1 Peter 1:18-19)
Believe that the Great Commission given by Jesus in the 1st century is still their commission in the 21st Century; they refuse to treat it like a suggestion and will never allow it to be an omission; the call to “Go” remains the great Commission upon their lives that drives and motivates them to reach and make a difference for Jesus in the lives of others today. (Matthew 28:18-19)
Pastor Andy Elmes shares the heart behind iamredemption, and how you can become part of this movement of redemptive people.