Living a rescued and redeemed life does not just mean you do not practice your old habits. Living a rescued life means that you acknowledge that you did not rescue yourself, Jesus rescued you. Living a redeemed life means that you live according to God’s will, not your own. You did not redeem yourself, therefore, you do not own your life. And thank God for that!
We have to live our lives like the not yet and the right now are roommates in our hearts. The one informs the other, and they get along and play nicely at all times. We have to live each day knowing that what we have right now will not always be and that what we want in the not yet, will be when it is time.
If we take our eyes off Jesus, we will look right at the world and we will see that some people are running faster than us, ahead of us, and making more sense than we do where we are. This can be a difficult place to live if we start to think that what we do, what we say, who we are, do not matter. We have to remember that the message of the cross is that we do matter. We matter so much that our debts were paid in blood.