I love the movie I Can Only Imagine.
The movie shows how the song with the same name originated. While growing up, Bart, the songwriter, was abused by his dad, but God later brought restoration between them.
One scene shows Bart and his dad sitting and talking. Bart's dad comments on how he knows why Bart likes to fix things—to make something out of nothing. He remembered there was a word for that and asked his son what the word was. Bart told him the word was redemption.
What Bart said to his dad reflects what Jesus said. Redemption is what Passion Week—the week of Jesus’ death and resurrection—is all about. Jesus died and rose again to make something out of nothing, which we were. I had a pastor who put it this way: "We all came out of Adam's old trash pile."
We are important to God. He loves us more than anyone else ever could. When we mess up—when we feel that “oh my” feeling—all we have to do is repent and move on. That uneasy feeling we get when we sin or do things that displease God is a sign we need to confess. All God wants us to do is ask Jesus into our hearts.
If you don’t know Jesus, pray this prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, I believe You died on the cross for my sins. I believe You rose again the third day. Come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. Help me turn from my sin. In Jesus' name, amen.
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