Sunday, January 9, 2011

Give it all!

Last night at the bookstore Hannah and I waited in line behind another customer.  She was returning a Nook.  The leather cover was scuffed and the Nook looked used.  The lady emphatically made her case to the store employee saying, “It just doesn’t work.  It has glitches.  The pages flip so fast, I can’t even read them.” Then she added what I believed to be her statement of doom, “I didn’t buy the warranty yet.”  I thought, “Oh, no!  Here is this lady with this used, broken Nook, and she didn’t even buy the warranty.  She just lost $200.”  Then, the store clerk took the Nook, looked at it for a few minutes and said, “Give me just a minute, I’ll exchange it for a new one.”  I couldn’t believe my ears!  He was going to take her old, used, scuffed Nook with no warranty and exchange it for a brand new one! 

Life lesson:  Make the exchange

I certainly struggle with the idea of surrendering it all to Christ.  I am not really sure why I would want to hang on to my old life scuffed and full of glitches with no guarantees, but the idea of surrender is still hard to commit to.  I am coming to the realization that Christ expects us to give it all, because all He wants is all we have.  But, as I was reminded at the bookstore, we must give up the old to get the new.  II Corinthians 5:17 says it perfectly, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away, behold the new has come.” Before the lady at the bookstore could get the bright and shiny new Nook, she had to be willing to surrender the old.  It was not really a hard decision when she understood what she would receive in return.  We are just called to give up our old, glitch-ridden lives that move so quickly we can’t make sense of anything, and in return He promises us a new, abundant life full of joy and strength.  (John 10:10).  What a great exchange! 

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