exchangeWhen we lived in Canada, I joined Charles Solomon for a ministry trip to Romania, I needed to get money that could be used during the trip. Since U.S. dollars are more readily exchanged for currency in other nations, I went to the local bank and converted Canadian dollars to the equivalent amount in U.S. dollars. Depending on the country and its economy, there are various exchange rates that banks offer.

This concept of “exchanging” echoes missionary Hudson Taylor’s reference to abundant life in Christ as ‘the Exchanged Life.’ This title reflects biblical passages such as Galatians 2:20 “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.” Jesus came to give us life that is eternal AND abundant.

So what do we “exchange”? A transaction has already taken place for all true believers in Christ; we have been positionally and spiritually united with Him in His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension–Praise God!” (Rom. 6:6; Eph. 2:6). For abundant living we exchange our self-oriented life for a Christ-centered life. What is the “exchange rate”? Our self-sufficiency deposited in the bank of heaven credits us–$0.00; but God’s grace returns to us–$ Unlimited Provision. What a deal!

A profound truth about this exchange is that as we deny our “self-life” we discover the enabling grace of God released in our experience. The apostle Paul expressed it this way: “For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh” (2 Cor 4:11). And we are promised: “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the DEATH of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His LIFE” (Rom. 5:10).

Our Father assures that the indwelling resurrection life of Christ is more than adequate to handle the problems and difficulties that we face…

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