Redemption

January 31, 2014

Today’s Reflection

EVERY DAY the reality of our global interconnectedness becomes more apparent – whether it’s gas prices, the weather, the ripe strawberries from Chile in the grocery store in January, or the sound of various accents when we call for assistance with a sick computer. These signs bring home the reality that God created all and wove all into a single fabric that ultimately will be saved or lost together.

This profound truth is often missed by the highly individualistic Christianity of the West. Just as sin spread throughout nature to touch all creation, so too salvation spreads through all of creation to redeem this same fallen world. When God promised Abraham that his people would be a blessing to all the families of the earth (Gen. 12:3), God was expressing the desire for all creation to be redeemed, not just one part of it.

- Daniel Wolpert
Leading a Life with God

From page 133 of Leading a Life with God: The Practice of Spiritual Leadership by Daniel Wolpert. Copyright © 2006 by Daniel Wolpert. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How do you define the words “salvation” and “redemption?” Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God.

1 Corinthians 1:27-29, NRSV

This Week: pray for someone who makes you uncomfortable. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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This week we remember:   Agnes (January 28).

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Jill January 31, 2014 at 3:26 am

For me, to be redeemed is to be pardoned from what I am due…given new life because of an Other. I have a feeling I will be humming to myself all day…”redeemed, redeemed…redeemed by the blood of the Lamb…redeemed, redeemed, His child and forever I am.” A very good thing.

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Viola Megill January 31, 2014 at 8:37 pm

I think of several people whom I allow to make me feel uncomfortable. They are included in my prayers. Thank you for the suggestion which again takes me beyond my comfortableness!

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robert moeller February 1, 2014 at 6:54 am

Somehow my post didn’t make it. Have no idea why.

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