At this time of year, I pause to reflect on the impact of what God did when He sent a part of Himself to dwell on earth as a man. The Bible tells us that when God created the first man, He formed him “of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7). God breathed His very life and breath into the being He had made in His own image and likeness (see Genesis 1:26). Of course, as we know, Adam sinned, and, with his transgression, the image of God in man was damaged. Our spiritual DNA was flawed due to sin.
A few milllennia later, God sent His Son to live as a man, face every temptation known to man, and resist each one on our behalf. Jesus lived a sinless life and died on the cross for our redemption. Jesus, the express image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15), gave His perfect, sinless blood for me and faced death and hell to buy me back from the power of sin. All I have to do to by way of response is believe that fact and acknowledge His sacrifice for me, the sacrifice of One who was resurrected from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit and now spends time praying for me! (Hebrews 7:25).
What’s more, God completes that redemptive process by breathing His life into me again! Jesus set this precedent for imparting new life to fallen man in John 20:22 when He breathed on His disciples and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” That breath, the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11), God’s very breath of life, dwells in me! In fact, we are encouraged in Ephesians 3:19 to be “filled with all the fullness of God” and in Ephesians 5:18 to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The God of Heaven and Earth delights in filling and re-filling me with His very own life and breath — again and again. He is the only source of what we call in Texas “unlimited free refills!”
This Christmas season, ask Him to fill you, to breathe on you — then ask Him to re-fill you, again and again, until you sense HIs life-giving presence flooding you with joy and peace. God promises that, if we believe in Him, out of our heart will flow rivers of living water (John 7:38). Take a deep breath and drink Him in until He spills out onto everyone around you!
Need a little more inspiration? Listen to this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RVTZDgcpqM