Reading: Psalm 104: 24-34 & 35b
When God created the world, He gave the breath of life to all living things. Each day since then, He has breathed new life into each that is born. But for humanity, God has taken one more step. For all who call on His name, God offers grace. He breathes the Holy Spirit into each who professes their faith in Christ and makes each a new creation, children not of the world but children of God. As a child of God we continue to live for a time in the world, but we are no longer of this world. As heirs of Christ, we now belong to Him and heaven is our destination.
Once we claim Christ and He claims us, the Spirit comes and dwells in us. We begin to live as free people, no longer chained to the desire to acquire more, to rise higher, to seek the approval of man. Instead we are freed to give, to love, to serve. In the body of Christ, we experience life abundant. As the body of Christ we find support, encouragement, guidance, help, and fellowship in Him and in each other. In our interactions with the world we meet many people who do not know Jesus as king. The body of Christ is an inclusive body. In Him there is no Jew or Gentile, no this or that. The peace and joy we know in Christ is ours to share so that all can come to know the way of the cross.
As a redeemed people we are called to make disciples of all nations. This task is the task of every Christian. Sometimes we do this directly as we go to those in need and meet their needs. The need can be physical, emotional, spiritual, or relational. We do as Christ did and simply offer all we can. Sometimes our witness is by how we live our lives. The light of Christ within us should shine forth so that all see it and are drawn to it – eventually wanting to know how they can have that joy, peace, contentment, and love in their lives. They come to desire that God breathes the breath of new life into them as well. In all we do and say this day, may we bring God the glory!