5. The Deal

balance beach rocks illustrate the deal we thought we made with God

When we first acknowledged Jesus as Lord, most of us secretly thought, “He’s getting a pretty good deal.” Oh sure, we were in a jam and needed help, but we pictured ourselves as valuable assets to His Kingdom. We saw it as the classic win/win swap—a fair exchange where both parties bring something valuable to trade.

The truth is we brought nothing; He brought everything. We gave him all of our junk: lust, envy, idolatry, hatred, and rebellion. He, on the other hand, gave us an easy burden and a light yoke; new life, victory over sin, darkness flees at our word, death is defanged, and we get to spend forever ruling and reigning with Him. Then, as if that weren’t lopsided enough, He added, “Cast all your cares on me.”

It was never meant to be a fair deal, because it was never a deal at all. It was meant to reveal that apart from Him, we can do nothing. But it also reveals that we can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens us.

So, what’s He doing through you?

1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:10-13, John 15:1-8

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