What comes to mind when you see the word “exchange”. Is it the NY Stock Exchange on Wall Street? If you have ever tuned in to watch what goes on during the hours of operation, it looks like pandemonium and totally out of control. It is amazing how the millions or even billions of dollars are being processed buying and selling stocks. Many investors exchange one for others always trying to get the most from their investment.
The dictionary defines exchange of giving one thing and receiving another especially of the same type or value in return.
I am not saying there is anything wrong with exchange in this concept. But let’s look at another time we may have found ourselves in exchange. What about the day and weeks after Christmas? If you walk into any Wal-Mart during that time you will see long lines of consumers with recent gifts received wanting to exchange for a different size or different merchandise all together.
But there is an exchange where we get way beyond anything we could bring to get something of the same value. I am sure you have guess by now where I am going with this. I am fully convinced this is an exchange where the value received is greater than what we bring to exchange.
The exchange that took place on the Cross on which Jesus died was worth way beyond the billions exchanged on Wall Street. His life for ours as an exchange gave us the opportunity to receive the gift of eternal life. The gift that could not be ours any other way. He took our sin and became sin for us so that we might have His Righteousness to stand before the Judge and be declared free from the penalty of sin and death.
What does one have to bring to the exchange in order to receive the gift? If you haven’t fully received and embraced the exchange Jesus made for you here is what I think the answer is.
The answer is an honest confession of our need of the gift. We must recognize that we are sinners and part of a fallen world system that is still living from the tree of knowledge good and evil making our choices from our soulish nature. We control our lives, or least we think we do. But until the exchange is made, we are under the deception that Adam and Eve fell prey to. We may think that we are in charge, but in reality the world system governed by principalities and powers continues to influence millions every day.
I see similarities of being of the world and living under its culture and the pandemonium on floor at the NY Stock Exchange. Jesus said that we are in the world but not part of its system and values. (John 17:14-15) I think that the systems of the world must look like pandemonium and am only using it as an illustration.
I am not in any way saying that the NY Stock Exchange is evil. And I am not saying we should not invest for a good return in whatever way He leads us. After all God owns all the silver and the gold (Haggai 2:8), He has entrusted those citizens of His Kingdom to be His broker on the earth and to have His Kingdom interests in mind with how we handle money.
So let’s look at the Exchange again that took place on the Cross and what we get from it. We get freedom from sin and death for starters. We are set free from the chaos of a broken down world. While we remain in the world, we are no longer of it. Our very being is seated in the Kingdom of God and His promise to never leave us or forsake us is sealed in the Blood of Jesus.
We no longer have to wander and wonder what our life is about.
The struggle to change our behavior is over because He is at work from the inside where He took up residence to perfect in us the Character of Christ. That’s what life is about while we remain steadfast in humility, repentance, and obedience to His will. We all need to pray daily the prayer of Jesus in the garden the night of His betrayal. “Not my will, but yours be done.”
Exchange. . . we get so much more than the world has to offer. If you haven’t made the exchange I pray that you will do. If somehow you made the exchange and haven’t fully embraced it, I pray that this is the time for you to receive all God has for you. Jesus said He came to give us life and
Life more abundantly. Live life abundantly knowing the Amazing Grace and Awesome Love of God.
~~~~From my to yours~~~~Andrea