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The Exchanged Life

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I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. (Galatians 2:20)

Colin Wilson wrote, “We waste 90% of our time in coping mechanically with minor problems and vastly overestimating them.” If we could instead learn to focus on the higher things in life, to notice that which is worth noticing, to be awake to the world around us and see things as God sees them, then we would know true freedom.

Jesus himself shared that worry can’t even do a “small thing” like help a person grow taller, so why spend time and energy toward something that can’t change anything?

Studies show that some 80% of people are unsatisfied at their job. People don’t want more money, they want acknowledgement that their time matters, that their efforts make a difference. Yet most companies simply throw money and benefits at people, failing to recognize that what people seek is meaning.

Meaning can be found in each moment as we learn to ask, “What can I learn from this,” instead of the endless loop questions about “why” and “how come”.

In Christ each moment can be meaningful because scripture tells us that we have made a transformation, taking his life for ours. (Actually he did all the work, we simply received.) Watchman Nee called this the “exchanged life.” It is not just Christ added to our life, it is his life becoming our life.

As Bill Volkman and Norman Grubb so eloquently put it, you are no longer you, you are Christ as you. When we can live and operate from that understanding, the worries and fears that once bound us no longer have the strength to steal our attention, we are too busy living in wonder at the gift that is life lived by the “faith of Christ” (Galatians 2:30b). You can learn more about Galatians at Cleveland's Swedenborg Chapel.

Then we learn it is not our job to worry, we just live by Christ and trust he will take care of our needs. Our worries become his worries so we need shoulder them no longer. The Apostle Paul’s life was so immersed in this truth he declared “I no longer live.” There was no longer Paul, there was Christ as Paul. No wonder he could so boldly declare nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8).

The Psalmist declared, “every man at his best state is altogether vanity” (Psalm 39:5). Life is short; on our own we have no righteousness. Thank God our life no longer exists if we are in Christ, a divine exchange has taken place, and now we are righteous forever more by One offering (Hebrews 10:14.)

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