Then Adonai, God, formed a person from the dust of the ground
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,
so that he became a living being.
Genesis 2:7 (CJB)
Spirit, it is You who give us life,
You give us breath,
You give us the ability to live as we were intended: as children of God.
From the very beginning of creation, it was You who breathed life into man.
Without You we are like the bones in Ezekiel 37, dead and dry.
But You say,
“I will put my ·Spirit [breath; wind] inside you, and you will come to life.”
Spirit, You have a crucial role in living the resurrected life promised to us.
Without You breathing new life into us,
we are incapable of living the abundant life.
Jesus, Your crucifixion reunited us in relationship with the Father—
the way You desired for us to live from the very beginning.
Spirit, You create the ability to live in that relationship,
to maintain ongoing connection with the Father.
Spirit, Your breath is
Life-giving: fresh and pure
Creative: bringing new life
Powerful: giving divine ability to live
Productive: producing fruit in our lives
Full of Truth
Full of Revelation
Full of Grace
Crucial to life
Spirit, how often we take You for granted,
forgetting that You provide all that we need out of Your endless resources.
Today, I come with gratitude for who You are,
for what You give so generously and selflessly to us.
Thank You for the very breath of life that gives us the ability
to live and move and have our being.
Note for reflection
I am pursuing a deeper understanding of the resurrected life. Will you join me in this pursuit? Here are some questions to ponder...
- What does living a resurrected life look like?
- Am I living it?
- Do I fully grasp all that has been given to me through Jesus’ death and resurrection?
This ode begins my pursuit with the realization that I am incapable of living this life without the Spirit. It begins with His provision, not with my ability, my striving, or my best intentions. I cannot manufacture what He gives. It is only through relationship with Him that I can enter into the fullness of life.