I was bone-tired (you know, like you're tired from the inside out, warm, and could fall asleep standing up cause you don't feel strong enough to sit down?) Sunday morning and was oh-so-grateful that I had planned my outfit out on Thursday.
I found this skirt at an awesome thrift store in Franklin, TN... they have really nice clothing and great prices for the quality of clothes. I'll probably refer to "Our Thrift Store" often this summer since I went back on Saturday and got another huge bag of cute stuff! :D
Shirt: Goodwill ($4)
Skirt: Our Thrift Store (4.50)
Boots: TJMaxx ($15)
Hat: Target ($20)
Pearls: Stuff Sale ($0.50)
Leggings: Walmart? I bought them many years ago.
The God-ward side is spoken of in verse 24. We see here God's motive for saving us-- for His Name's Sake. We must be clear on the point that He did not save us because of any talent, or disposition, or need we could fill. God would have been completely good and completely just if he had chosen not to save a single soul. All mankind is guilty and we have earned our just desserts. Yet, how amazing is it that God does save us, even though He didn't need to! We were justified freely. Without a cause. He showed us favor when we deserve the opposite. His reasons? Ephesians 2:7, Ezekiel 20-- for His great Name's sake!
Redemption is an astounding concept. The word means to release someone from bondage by paying a ransom, a price of deliverance. This is kind of a foreign concept to us moderns (except maybe we've seen it in spy movies); this idea that we are not free- we are slaves, in bondage, not our own. We are slaves to sin, but as Matthew 20 says, Jesus came to minister and to give His life as a ransom for many. He did our work that we could not do.
Something that Douglas Wilson said on Saturday has stuck with me-- He said it sort of jokingly, but its true-- sometimes as Reformed believers, we enjoy the doctrine of Total Depravity too much. We sin, throw up our hands, and yell "I'm depraved, so thank you for being perfect for me Jesus!" and don't try to overcome the sin issue we are dealing with. Yes, at our core we are sinners, but Christ has given us victory over our sin! By the power of His blood, He has slain the power of sin in our lives. Bow wow wowsers. You know how major that is?
"For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s."
~1 Corinthians 6:20