If you’ve seen a hamster, then you know they typically live on a wheel. Looking outside of the cage, the hamster sees freedom and decides to run for it. He gets on the wheel and runs, attempting to find freedom but realizing that he’s not getting anywhere. So the hamster runs faster and faster, only to end in the same spot.

Is salvation about running for your life or receiving life? If you’ve been trying to break a habit for years but still find yourself in the same spot, maybe it has nothing to do with how you’ve been running but rather everything to do with how you’ve been receiving. The word redemption is what our pastors went over Sunday, and it literally means the action of saving or being saved from sin. So while behavior modification may help you in your career or relationship or even your individual achievements, it doesn’t redeem you. But the good news is the cross does.

in Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace
— Ephesians 1:7

Let that be our posture, the art and beauty of being grateful each and every morning for redemption, because even on the worst day, we can look over the precipice of life and see the freedom that the cross offers.