In Romans 1, the word exchanged shows up three times in just one passage (Romans 1:22-32). Quite simply, this means every encounter with God’s presence requires me to make a choice, to exchange something.
I cannot remain neutral. The interaction with God is not static, but dynamic.
There are two forces at work in my life: sin and the Holy Spirit.
Sin wants me to exchange…
- …the creation for the Creator (Romans 1:23)
- …lies for truth (v. 25)
- …pleasure for purity (v. 26)
- …depravity for holiness (v. 28)
One exchange toward sin makes the next one that much easier. Soon the downward spiral can be pulling me faster and faster until: it’s not as if they don’t know better. They know perfectly well they’re spitting in God’s face. And they don’t care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best! (v. 32, The Message)
C.S. Lewis said it this way:
“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.”
The Holy Spirit also asks for an exchange. He wants me to exchange…
- …the momentary for the eternal
- …self-gratification for God’s glory
- …my desire for God’s will
You will encounter God today. The choice is yours: What exchange will you make?