Everything we have in life happens by means of exchange. You exchange your time and talents for a paycheck. You exchange your paycheck for the things you need. Even a gift you might receive went through a process of exchange by someone at some point before it got to you. But by far, the greatest exchange of all time was over two thousand years ago when God exchanged our sin and brokenness for His righteousness. There's an old saying that goes: "I had a debt I could not pay; He paid a debt He did not owe."
Philippians 2 talks about how as believers, we have to work out our salvation. Salvation isn't a one-time event; it's a process. When you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you begin that process. All throughout our walk of faith, we continually exchange ourselves, our attitudes, our ways, and our ideas for more of Him and His attitudes and ways in our lives. We must never think we have "arrived," but instead, we must always be willing to exchange what we have in our hand for what He has in His hand for us.
The beautiful thing about God's barter system is that we always end up with better than what we had before. We get to exchange our ashes for His beauty. We get to exchange our sorrow for His joy. We get to exchange our sin for His righteousness. We get to exchange our brokenness for His healing.
Today, as you read this, is there something you are holding on to that you know isn't God's best? Why don't you release it to God by faith? If you'll let go of what's in your hand, a shift will take place. God will let go of what's in His hand for you—peace, strength, wisdom, favor and more! He'll give you exactly what you need. Don't settle where you are when God has so much more for you. Remember, He's taking you on a wonderful journey of faith. Open your hand and heart to all that He has in store for you today!
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted… to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair…" (Isaiah 61:1-3, NIV)