In continuation of the last post, I want to share with you what I have titled THE GREAT EXCHANGE. It is a GREAT exchange because I get to give the Lord all my bad in exchange for all of His good. Now that is something to shout about! He is telling me that if I give Him my care He will do that caring for me and give me what I need while He is taking care of the situation.
I have the privilege of teaching at Apostolic Training Ministries in Fort Fairfield, Maine. One of the courses I teach is “What Happened to the Believer at the Cross” by Paul Richardson. In that teaching the author explains that Jesus became our substitute and what took place in that Great Exchange. For example, He became sin that I might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21), He became poor that I might be rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9), He became sick that I might be healed. (Isaiah 53:4-6) and He became cursed that I might receive the blessings of Abraham.(Galatians 3:13-14). He said that not only did He make these exchanges once and for all, but that our Christian walk is a continual exchange every day in every way. He is good and only knows how to give good things.
He is a giver and doesn’t know how to do anything else. That is His nature. He delights in giving you good things. Remember Jesus said, “I only do what I see my Father do.” (John 5:19) And he came to give us life and that more abundantly. (John 10:10)
Think about the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. When the younger son came to his senses after spending all that was given to him of his inheritance, he returned home with nothing but a sorrowful heart and an empty hand. He was willing to be made a servant just to come home. He had a repentant heart and when his father saw him afar off he ran to him and welcomed him home. When you read the story you will see that there was an exchange. For his repentant heart the father gave him a robe, a ring, shoes and a party. The robe represented his righteousness, the ring his authority and the shoes his new walk. Then he had a party to celebrate his return and express his joy. What an exchange!
Make an exchange today. Cast your care upon Him and you will be amazed at what your father has waiting for you!