Recently I was studying a Sunday school lesson, and I was in the book of Luke Chapter 24. At the same time I was working on another study for my women’s circle that concerned the soul. I was researching the 7th Beatitude “Blessed are the peacemakers…” As I was surfing the internet, I came upon a site that suggested that the body was the soul of human beings. This was the first time I had ever heard of such an idea, and it apparently is something many people are considering.
Each morning I listen to the music on my alarm clock and the station programmed is that of the local Christian radio station. A song was playing, and God spoke to me when the lyrics said “God Breathed”. Between the research and the song, I wanted to enjoy a moment reflecting on the essence of life and share it with you.
Genesis 2:7 “Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
It seems to me that our bodies were created separately from our souls. It wasn’t until God breathed into man’s flesh that we became a living being. Our bodies couldn’t function without God’s breath. Our souls are the very living breath of God.
Then I looked at Psalm 39:11 “….Surely every man is a mere breath.” Man is nothing without the breath of God. How awesome is that, that our souls came alive by the mere breath of God.
Look at Ezekiel 37:9, “thus says the Lord GOD, “come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.” Ezekiel 37:10 “…and the breath came into them, and they came to life.” Ezekiel 37:14 “And I will put My Spirit within you, and you will come to life…declares the Lord.” Our souls are a reflection of God’s eternal existence.
Without the breath of God, we cannot exist. But God did not breathe life into us for the purpose of giving ourselves pleasure. He breathed us into life to give Him pleasure and to serve Him. For He commanded man to fill the earth, and to rule over all the living things on the earth. It is only our selfish attitudes that keep us from aspiring to the good that God has seen in us from the beginning. It is only our selfish attitudes that keep us from serving God with the gifts that He has given us to use for His Kingdom’s sake, and we selfishly serve ourselves instead.
So what are we doing that brings God joy and pleasure? What service are we performing for His glory? As a Christian leader, it should be our pleasure to be in His service and to help bring our Christian brothers and sisters into service as well. For what did Jesus speak to the disciples upon His resurrection when He showed Himself to them in the locked upper room? John 20:21 “Jesus therefore said to them again, ‘Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’ And when he had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” Our spirits are made in the image of the Spirit of God. For He said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;” Genesis 1:26
Jesus came to breathe the Holy Spirit into His disciples so that they could go out – be sent – in service to Him. And by believing in Him you may have true LIFE in His name everlasting.