A GREAT TRADE! What a trade! Death for life. A selfish self-centered sinful life put to death and a new life controlled by a totally loving, selfless, and merciful God in its place. As the Apostle Paul said, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me,"( Galatians 2:20 NIV). It certainly takes some time for a Christian to grasp the full impact of this truth (if we ever do). A life of sight has become a life of faith but not faith in our self but faith in the Son of God who has all power and all knowledge and who has provided the new life. It is no longer a life of me living for self but me letting Christ live through me and accomplishing His will through me.
When a Christian understands the great love that Jesus has for us-a love so great that He gave His sinless self for our sinful being-and the fact Jesus wants to live through us we should be astonished. And that should lead us to willingly let Christ control us and live through us. In fact we should consider it a privilege and an honor that we may do so. What a trade! What a great life we may live for God right now in our weakness and His strength. Multitudes of people every day attempt to do things to please God so that they may somehow be granted entrance into heaven. But what God really desires is for each of us to trade in our old self-centered life that leads to death so that He can give us a new life that He lives in us and is able to please Him in all things.