But God- The Great Exchange

Greetings,

The question we will address in this issue is the following, "I heard that when I became a Christian, a great exchange took place. I'm not sure what exactly what that means. Would you please explain."

But God Image_Color_CrossA number of things are included in that statement, today let's look at one example. Let's read from Philippians 3. I encourage you to read at least the first eleven verses of this chapter to have a better context of what we will peek at today. We will look at part of verse 5. It reads, 'circumcised on the eighth day; of the tribe of Benjamin.' The point Paul is making in this passage is to beware of people who want to make your Christian life mainly about how you behave. He is using his own life as an example. This comment he makes- that he is of the tribe of Benjamin is what we will unwrap.

This doesn't sound like a statement of great significance to us, but as we look inside the statement, perhaps we can see a bit of what his intended audience, the Philippians, understood. When Benjamin was born, names were of great significance. The name given a child carried great weight. It could and would define his or her life. In a sense, they would grow into their name. Here is where it gets interesting.

Benjamin's mother, Rachel is literally dying in childbirth. As he is being born, she attempts to give her son the name, Benoni. BUT, his father says NO, his name will be Benjamin. Now as a side note, just prior to his birth, God has given his father a new name. His name was Jacob, which means 'heel', but God has changed it to Israel, which literally means 'God wrestler'. Now back to Benjamin. Benoni, means 'son of my troubles or sorrows, or pain'. The name his father insisted on, Benjamin, means 'son of my right hand, or good fortune'. What a change for the child! How often do we think or speak judgment on ourselves, our children or others and label us or them as trouble or pain or sorrow?

BUT, our Abba Father says to all- "NO! This is the son or daughter of my right hand. My treasure." You probably recall that for most of his life Paul's name had been Saul. BUT, one day on a road to Damascus, Jesus renamed him Paul. His life and destiny were forever changed. He literally went from being trouble, and troubled, to being Abba's treasure and right hand in spreading the good news of Jesus.

Now that was for Paul, a great exchange. And it is true about us as well. Thank Him for the great exchange He made with you. Trouble for treasure. I encourage us all to agree with Him as to who we are on this side of the great exchange.

Blessings,

Thomas

thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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