Friday, March 2, 2007

Each breath

There is all around us an invisible substance that we continually take into our bodies and that sustains our lives.  We call this substance air.  Air doesn't get a lot of attention from us.  We breathe it in and we exhale back to it.  But we can't live long without it.  If we go diving into the ocean we have to take some air with us.  If we go to outer space we have to carry the air along for the ride.  If we live in a submarine we have to manufacture and clean our own air.  Isn't it nice that we can go through a normal day and not have to consciously think about our source of air?  We just have to breathe and our lives are sustained so we can do all the things we need to do.  One of my favorite Christian songs is called "Breathe" by Michael W. Smith.  Its lyric says "This is the air I breathe, Your holy presence living in me".  We learned in the bible that man first came to life when God, Himself, breathed into Adam.  Genesis 2:7  "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being."  Just as air sustains our natural bodies, so the spiritual breath of God sustains our inner person, our eternal being, our spirit.  We don't see this air of God, either and it doesn't demand or receive a lot of attention during our day.  However, it is as vital as oxygen to support the eternal side of our being.  In fact when we receive Jesus into our lives, in a sense, we have allowed the Lord to resuscitate us, something like a first aid worker would perform a "mouth to mouth" rescue.  At that point we are breathing the same air as the Lord because in 1 Corinthians 6:17 we learn "But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him."
Today, as we breathe, let's reflect on the spiritual air that we have in common with our Lord.  We are united in spirit.
Rob Smith
p.s.  without air we cannot sing!

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