The Great Exchange

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Galations 2:20 EXB, I ·was put to death on the cross [have been crucified] with Christ, and I do not live anymore—it is Christ who lives in me. I still live in my ·body [flesh], but I live by faith in [or because of the faithfulness of] the Son of God who loved me and gave himself ·to save me [for me; on my behalf].

When I chose to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and his sacrifice, when I received his gift of salvation, it was as though I was put to death on the cross with him. There was an exchange made; my life for his life. My flesh may still be alive, but my spirit has been forever united with the Spirit of God. I can’t separate my spirit from his spirit, that would be like trying to get food coloring out of water. When we don’t understand this principle and try to live our lives as we please, it’s as if we’re married but living as if we were single.

We seem to want all the good stuff that comes with the Christian life, but we don’t seem to want to go through the ‘sanctification’ (to set apart as sacred, consecrate or make holy) process. Basically, we want to put on the nice clothes without taking a bath first. We want the grace in our own place, we’re unwilling to lay down the old for the new. In essence, we speak, “Come into my heart, but leave everything as is please! Oh, you can take the pain, sickness, sin and disease, but don’t ask me to love THAT person, he hurt me!” We give him permission to come in but deny him access to what needs to change.

Father, you challenge me daily to live a holy life, to follow in the very large but humble footsteps of your son. I repent of self-centeredness, hypocrisy, selfish ambitions, hatred and wrong motives. You have blessed me with all spiritual blessings simply because I am your child and I am thankful. May my life reflect your love. As I’ve been given forgiveness, help me to forgive. You have set me apart for a purpose, so I will glorify you in every way I can. As the old hymn, Take My Life and let it be says:

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee,
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee,
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose,
Every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart; it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

For your eyes only, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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