Borrowed Breath

With what intent does air enter and exit your lungs?

We breathe involuntarily, we don’t have to think about it (which is handy). However; I’m sure you’ve had times when you had to consciously control your breathing; during a workout or when you were nervous or when you were working on a particularly delicate repair or project.

We all breathe in order to do everything else we do, and what we do with our breath matters. We need to realize that God has given us everything we have. Our lives are not ours. Our breath itself is not ours.

In Genesis 2, God is creating the whole world and in the midst of this display of creativity and power, a potentially overlooked—yet very significant— event occurs:

Genesis 2:7 “then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

God took what was nonliving and gave it life, and how? He simply breathed. That’s how powerful and good he is: his very breath bestows life.

God gave us our breath, our very existence is a borrowed trait that we cannot obtain on our own. Without God giving us his breath of life, you would not be reading these words.

You are living on borrowed breath; what are you doing with it? Are you using your words and actions in a way that edifies and encourages? Are you representing the one who gave you breath?

I encourage you to reflect on the way you treat others and the way you speak. These things have power to build up or tear people down. As Christians, we are to be reflecting Christ in everything we do.

Colossians 3:16-17 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

You were given the gift of life by God, he will help you to use it well if you trust and obey him.

Spend time in prayer and in your Bible this week and ask God to help you represent him with every breath you take.

Love you all!

Andy