EDITORS DESK – May 2024

The Exchange

Sr Beena Kurian

“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  2 Corinthians 5:21

 

Exchanging stickers was one of our favorite trades during our primary school days. The stickers varied from paper, spongy and 3D of iconic cartoon characters, which lost its value as soon as its different version was spotted. Successful negotiation and an exchange that would satisfy the interests of both sides resulted in trustworthy friends.

 

In Gen 12:1-3 we see God’s offer to Abraham. God called Abraham out and told him to leave three things in exchange for seven blessings. Abraham was asked to leave his country, his family and his father’s house for blessings he was yet to see. Abraham believed in faith and his immediate obedience to God’s word opened the door for God to perform His promises in Abraham’s life. Similarly, in Matt 4:19-22 the disciples immediately obeyed Jesus call to leave their nets and follow Him.. We also know the end of Judas Iscariot when he gave up Jesus Christ in exchange for wealth. God’s abounding promises are declared along with His commandments to obey Him.

 

God did the greatest exchange for you and me.  Because of His infinite love for us God gave us His Son Jesus Christ who was sinless, perfect and righteous in exchange for our sinful soul. 1John2:1 says Jesus Christ “the Righteous” took our sin, and in exchange gave us His righteousness so we could stand justified before God. Through our faith in Christ we are redeemed to be called God’s own child, reconciled to Him, justified and granted eternal inheritance in God’s kingdom. What more would we want in exchange for giving ourselves to God? This is an eternal exchange which God had prepared for us and nothing we see, love or possess on this earth can replace it. Therefore, we need to give ourselves to God by acknowledging that we are sinners and repent our sins to God and thus in faith, we surrender our soul to Him. We are forgiven by the precious blood of Christ which cleanses our sins when we confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and God raised Him up from the dead. The moment we obey and surrender ourselves to God, we become inheritors of God’s promises and eternal life with Him.

 

Hence, we need to yearn for a fellowship with God by reading and meditating on His word. The Bible is full of God’s declared promises related to all aspects of our lives and each one is based on our obedience to Him. Though worldly comforts may tempt us, prioritizing God and seeking His will for us ensures His blessings beyond measure. God will bless our end more than our beginnings because He is our trustworthy Sovereign God who delivers us from all the negative traps of the enemy.

 

God gave us the most beautiful exchange ever: His Son Jesus Christ so we may accept Him and not perish. Nobody but God can or will restore our lives. Let’s give ourselves to Him and experience the unfolding of His unchanging promised blessings.