We took a very spontaneous, spur-of-the-moment trip back to my hometown this weekend. While we were there, we were blessed to visit our church back there. A woman named Marti sang a song she had written about how the Lord offers us an even trade. She had wondered about it because our need is so great. And the Lord assured her that His grace is even greater. So that our sins can be covered. Paid for in full, in spite of the great need.
The Lord used that concept to speak to me in a different way.
God is so good to us. All we have to offer Him is brokenness. Still, He accepts it. The blood of Christ covers us. He takes our brokenness and showers us with blessings.
And because He is so merciful, He calls it an even trade. Even though we can never deserve or earn His blessings, He makes an even trade.
Our unworthiness for His holiness.
In Him, we give up bondage, and receive freedom.
Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. -John 8:34-36
We give up guilt and condemnation to receive grace and forgiveness.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. -Romans 8:1
We exchange our weakness for His strength.
[The Lord] said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
We offer up the heavy burdens of this life. The ones we try to carry ourselves, the things that weigh us down. He willingly takes them all from us and in exchange He gives us rest
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. -Matthew 11:28
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
He can take all the bad things that happen in this fallen world and He can make it good.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. -Romans 8:28
He takes the sin and death of this life and offers us abundant life instead.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. -John 10:10
We can’t even comprehend the magnitude of sacrifice and the wealth that the Lord offers us–the uneven trade that He calls even. He wipes the slate clean.
Whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. -Matthew 16:25
He offers us everything. Eternity. Peace. Salvation. Forgiveness. Love. Blessed assurance.
And all He requires from us is our brokenness.
He gives us beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3). We bring Him our ashes. Remnants of destruction. Because that’s all we are. Sin is destruction, and all we have left is remnants of that. But he accepts it. He takes our broken, sinful, worthless selves.
And He gives us back beauty. And forgiveness.
We offer ourselves up to Him, dead and broken in sin. And He gives us LIFE.
If you haven’t made the trade, I pray that you will today. Let go of whatever you are holding on to—be it sin, or worry, or an old lifestyle. Let it go, and receive His gift and blessings instead. I promise you, it’s more than worth it.
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” -Revelation 21:5
He makes all things new.