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A worthwhile exchange

A Worthwhile Exchange – excerpt from Growing Deep in faith,  chapter 8 by Edmund Chan

Live your life! Live it well. Not by indulgence but by investment.

Jim Elliot and four young missionaries went to Ecuador on  a passionate mission to evangelise the Auca Indian  tribe. These  young missionaries  were killed by the  very cannibals they were trying to reach.

Was it worth it? Jim Elliot thought so. In his journal,  he wrote these  famous last words: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. ”

Jim’s widow,  Elisabeth,  continued her husband’s work along with Marj Saint, the widow of Nate Saint.  Through their sacrificial labour of love for the very tribe that had killed their husbands, they reached many Aucas for Christ.

They believed it was a worthwhile exchange. Do you?

We all exchange our lives for something. Some exchange it for career,  sacrificing spiritual growth and the family for career advancement. It is not wrong to be a faithful and excellent worker.  But when we honestly examine our hearts, we may find that our primary motivation is deceptively different.

Not all exchanges are worthwhile if they are seen in the light of eternity.

Adam and Eve traded eternal paradise for the knowledge of good and evil. Esau exchanged his birthright for a bowl of red stew.  And the list goes on…

What if  you already traded your life for the wrong things?

If it is something that the Bible says is sin, you need to repent. God is gracious and willing to forgive.

If the exchange is not sinful,  but a poor exchange, ask for God’s guidance.

Grow deep in faith.  Exchange your life for something worthwhile  and eternal rather than temporal.

There are only three things that last for eternity: God, the Word of God, and the souls of men.

Now these things are worth exchanging our lives for.

Ultimately, they are all bound up in Christ. For in Christ, we discover life’s most worthwhile exchange.  Living for the eternal in Him.

LIKE Jesus

“We like Jesus but we are not like Jesus. Christianity is about our being and not our doing. God is more interested in our character than our competence.”

Reading about this statement and the explanation of Edmund Chan, I reflect upon my life and can honestly say “My goodness. What has happened to me?” I’m living the Christian life with all its disciplines and yet my character has a major flaw. Why is my life so far from the image of Jesus? – My behavior,  my reactions,  my compulsions, and my decisions. How am I failing in my parenting and in being a husband? Why am I being lured to the sinful pleasures of the world? Praise God for His messages week after week of how He wants us to break free from sin, of the forgiveness and mercy that He extends to us, and warning us to stay away and not play with temptations.

Oh Lord.  Forgive my sins and my actions – the way I act and the way I react. We fight among ourselves even in doing your work and ministry. Forgive us of our pride, our selfishness, our stubbornness, our non-submission to authority, our judgemental attitude, and our lack of love. Help us that as we spend time with you,  it would not be an empty ritual but may we experience your glorious presence and be changed as we gaze on You.  Lord, we pray that you would unite our hearts, to be holy, and to be more and more like you. In Jesus name,  Amen.

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