I Am Redeemed

Redeemed, and in the Fast Lane

I listen to a Christian radio station (KSBJ) in whatever vehicle I am driving at the moment. This morning when Big Daddy Weave came on, singing Redeemed, for some reason, it really reached in and grabbed my heart. Then my eyes started leaking. I was raised in the Church of Christ. I knew what was right and what was wrong, I fell away, and for a good long period my life was lived outside of His word. I did some things while I was in the world, that I am not proud of now. The bad news is, I am still being judged by some, for those things I did in the past.

All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”
I remember, oh God, You’re not done with me yet

The good news is, I turned my life back to God, but the judgement didn’t stop. Others often don’t care that we have realized our sins, even when we ask them to forgive us. When I heard this first verse, it hit me hard. I am so ashamed of many of the things I did in my past. I don’t blame them on anyone but myself, and I have asked forgiveness from the people that I have hurt or wronged. Unfortunately, sometimes people are not as forgiving or loving as God. This verse of this song reminded me that Jesus will do the judging in the end (Matthew 25:31-46). As long as I am striving to follow His word, He’ll be there for me. I may fall down. I may slip up. If I go to Him and ask forgiveness, His grace will cover me (1 John 1:9).

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be

There it is. That’s the part that chokes me up. You don’t have to carry the chains of regret. People can judge me by my past, and they will. If I have truly changed my life, and asked them to forgive me, I don’t have to wring my hands worrying about whether they do or don’t. Why? Because in the end, God won’t judge me by others’ feelings, opinions or testimonies. He’ll judge me by what He’s seen in my heart, and by what I’ve done (Romans 14:12). Because of this, I need to also remember to forgive those who judge me, because if I don’t, I won’t be forgiven either (Matthew 6:14-15).

Because I don’t have to be the old man inside of me
‘Cause his day is long dead and gone
Because I’ve got a new name, a new life, I’m not the same
And a hope that will carry me home

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, yeah, I’m not who I used to be
Oh, God, I’m not who I used to be
Jesus, I’m not who I used to be
‘Cause I am redeemed
Thank God, redeemed

Redeemed. He set me free. Thank God, redeemed!


  1. I have holy goosebumps reading that Kay! I absolutely LOVE that song, and it pierces me every time I hear it! So thankful God’s wiped away every stain, and that you’re redeemed! You know that means we’re sisters in Christ! How stellar is that?!

  2. I’ve heard that song several times. It’s very good.
    You can’t please everyone. No matter what kind of changes, positive or otherwise, you’ve made. But God does forgive. Don’t hold on to the past and the negative. You are a child of God.

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