God’s Version of ‘Trade’

000_6910RetouchYou are probably familiar the popular worship song ‘Trading My Sorrows’ by Darrell Evans:

I’m trading my sorrows
I’m trading my shame
I’m laying them down for the joy of the Lord
I’m trading my sickness
I’m trading my pain
I’m laying them down for the joy of the Lord

The song is true. However, the exchange isn’t very fair.
One definition of ‘trade’ reads: to exchange articles of more or less even value.
If this were a business deal and company A had ‘sorrows,’ ‘shame,’ ‘sickness,’ and ‘pain’ on the bargaining table in exchange for company B’s ‘Joy of the Lord’ it’s pretty obvious who the loser would be.

I traded in:

Addiction for freedom, loneliness for love, anger for peace, rage for calm, self-pity for empowerment, emptiness for fulfillment, shame for honor, confusion for clarity, failure for success, aimlessness for purpose, and yes, sorrow for joy.

I would say there is no human being that would make a deal like that with someone like me except there is one. It is Jesus Christ. And He’s still making deals like that.
But is doesn’t end there. When He died on the cross He took your sins upon Himself so you wouldn’t have to suffer for them, and traded you hell for heaven.

John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

What he offers is a gift. You can’t earn it, and there’s nothing you can ‘trade in’ to ‘even the value.’ His gift is because He loves you. And all you have to do is ask for it.

Jodie Stevens

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