Thursday, April 26, 2007
God’s Trade-in Deal
“He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
Most of us are suspicious of the trade-in deal. Maybe you have tried to buy a car and trade in something else. The salesman says, “Trade that in, and I’ll give you a deal.” Then you tell your friends, “I got this great deal for my trade-in.” The real question, however, is what they charged you for the new one you bought. You can’t get something for nothing.
God Almighty says to us, “I will give you eternal life. I will give you the forgiveness of sin.”
So we say, “What’s the catch? Surely there is something I need to do.” It is hard for us to accept that God could simply forgive us.
God says, “No, you have broken all the laws. There is no way you could earn My grace or forgiveness. I offer it to you for free. I give you everything. Now you give Me your life. I don’t care what shape it’s in. I’m in the restoration business. You watch what I can do.” So you bring your life to Him.
Jesus said, “Whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 16:25). You will be a new creation, because in Him, all things have become new (see 2 Corinthians 5:17).
“Do you want to find life?” Jesus says to us. “You won’t find it by looking within yourself. You won’t even find it by looking for life. You will find it by looking to Me. And as you trade your life in, I will give you life. The very thing you want, you’ll find by coming to Me.”
This is God’s trade-in deal.
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