I wish the appliance store would’ve allowed me to trade in my malfunctioning refrigerator for a brand new one. Or when our dishwasher quit living up to its name, it would’ve been sweet to convince the salesman to just take it off our hands and give us a top of the line model. Or when our washer racked up over 8,000 loads and finally, uh…threw in the towel, how awesome it would’ve been to exchange it for a shiny new machine with all the bells and whistles. No money exchanged, no payments to make. Just trade in the junk for the jewels.
Well, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is if you want a new appliance, you will probably have to pay for it. And although some appliance stores will haul off your old broken stuff, they sure won’t give you a dime for it.
The good news is that there is some trading you can do that sounds too good to be true, just like my wishful thinking about my appliances. There is Someone who will take your junk and give you jewels. No money exchanged, no payments to make.
But I’m not talking about stuff you can touch. I’m talking about the stuff that touches you. Bothers you. Breaks you.
What if you could trade in pride? fear? insecurity? Are you interested in a trade-in? Oh, maybe you’d like to know what you would receive in exchange. Fair question. Going back to our appliance illustration, notice that I wished for the opposite of what I already had. Instead of a broken machine, I wanted one that works. Instead of old, I wanted new. And instead of paying, I desired a completely idealistic and uneven exchange.
Only with Jesus is that not too much to ask.
Let’s start with pride. The opposite of pride is humility, so when we lay down our pride, when we trade it in to God and become humble instead, He blesses us with His grace. A prideful heart is closed off to grace, but a humble heart is the willing recipient of it.
…and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5
How about insecurity? Anyone need some confidence in its place? He doesn’t just give us confidence; He is our confidence.
For You are my hope; O Lord GOD, You are my confidence from my youth. Psalm 71:5
Rebellion? Try obedience. Submission. Saying yes to God. And no to the enemy.
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7
Feeling like you don’t matter? Believing the enemy’s lie that you are insignificant rather than highly valued?
Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7
Does fear have you paralyzed? Would you like to walk courageously instead? When Jesus is in our midst – and He always is – we have nothing to fear.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Matthew 14:27
Tired of stumbling along under the weight of your burdens? Someone wants to free you from them. Daily.
Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation. Psalm 68:19
Maybe you’ve come to a place where you’ve become harsh and indifferent when you should be compassionate. Let Him take your indifference and replace it with compassion.
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12
Finally, maybe you are just smothered by so much shame, you can hardly lift your head. You think no one else has done the things you’ve done. Guilt is eating you alive. How about trading in that shame for glory? Glory is one of the antonyms for shame!
But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head. Psalm 3:3
Charles Spurgeon wrote in the Treasury of David:
There is a lifting up in honour after shame, in health after sickness, in gladness after sorrow, in restoration after a fall, in victory after a temporary defeat; in all these respects the Lord is the lifter up of our head.
Imagine…Jesus Himself reaching out His nail-scarred hand and ever so gently lifting up your chin and your soul from shame into His glory. Beautiful.
So here’s what our trades look like:
pride for humility/grace
insecurity for confidence
rebellion for obedience
insignificance for value
fear for courage
burdens for freedom
indifference for compassion
shame for glory
But there is a crucial trade you must make before you can really dump all your junk. If you’ve never surrendered to Christ and acknowledged Him as your Lord and Savior, if you’ve never traded in your dead soul for His life, your sin for His righteousness, your punishment for His payment, that’s the first step.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6
Our sin and punishment in exchange for His salvation is the most uneven, illogical, and beautiful trade-in anyone ever offered. And that no one else could offer. Jesus is the only one who can give you jewels for your junk.
That’s one trade-in you don’t want to miss!
Janice Powell 2013
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972, 1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.