THE GREAT EXCHANGE
There is a saying: God wants us to be spiritually natural and naturally spiritual.
Now that can be open to different interpretations.
But what I believe it should mean is:
God wants us to be spiritual without being weird. God wants us to walk close to Him in spiritual union – but we are free to enjoy life and the things that go with every day living.
Maybe a list of what I mean would be an idea?
Walking in nature, enjoying a well prepared meal, enjoying music, good humour (that is not at the expense of a friend), literature of a wholesome kind, family life, your own idea of what fits the hobby category (although I always think the word hobby is a poor description of something we really enjoy).
But in all of these things we are called by God to – ‘seek first His kingdom…’.
To put the spiritual side of life – first. When we do, we will, with peace of mind and conscience be then free to enjoy the natural things.
Certain ones in past generations had dwindled spirituality down to rigid rules.
In my culture if you didn’t drink alcohol, sleep around, go to the cinema, gamble and if you refrain from washing the car on Sunday – you had made it.
Failing to realise that you hadn’t started. God wanting us to change inside first, not outside first.
I am so thankful that the Christian’s life is all about EXCHANGE – exchanging our life for His.
As He comes to the welcoming heart – we yield ourselves to Him.
I like the old saying: ‘I can’t – but you can – thank you that you will’.
Christ in us the hope of glory.
Paul tells us – he died daily. Meaning the great exchange takes place every time we pray. Exchanging our life for His.
31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Faith says “I can’t do this Lord, please take over and supply your Life-giving Spirit and live your life in and through me…”
And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life–giving spirit.