2009-02-27 - We All Need Air
As we celebrate 13 years of CF Devotionals, thought it appropriate to dig out one of my oldest devotionals that even predates when I was asked to write for this wonderful group. I hope you will enjoy it.
Genesis 2:7 says, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man be came a living soul."
God breathed life into man. To sustain that life we need air. We all know how to breathe right? Well not all of us. Imagine a world where some people can breathe and others can't. They can live for a while without oxygen but soon they will pass out and die.
In a world like this there would be some who start schools to teach non-breathers the benefits of air. A lot of breathers would come to these schools to learn how to breathe better. They assume the non-breathers will come to them to learn how to breathe. After all, life with air is so much better. Build it and they will come, right? Wrong, they don't know about air and even if they did many are lying on the floor unconscious. Other breathers would stand over these unconscious bodies arguing. Is it better to breathe through the nose or through the mouth? Should we utilize our diaphragm or not? They spend all their time arguing over the right way to breathe. But never once do they try to help one of the fallen.
Others would live their life breathing in the great air blind to others around them. They either overlook the non-breathers or simply don't care.
But there would be a few concerned breathers that would go out and find those that could not breathe, give CPR to the unconscious, and teach them all how to breathe on their own.
Psalm 135:15-18 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. 16 They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; 17 They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. 18 They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.
Those that believe in Christ are the breathers. The world is full of people without "any breath in their mouths" as the Psalmist explains. What kind of breather are you? Do you attend the First Church of Air? Do you wait for the lost to come and see you there? Or maybe you spend all your time bad mouthing those that attend the Good Sky Church up the street arguing whether the left lung is more important than the right lung. At least you both agree that the trachea is not the important part that the breathers at that other church emphasize. Or maybe you don't care if others breathe or not. You breathe and you're happy. Why should you help others? After all, they might take away some of your air, right? Or are you an EMT out in the field saving lives and teaching them to breathe?
Have you talked to anyone about your God? Have you shared your faith with them? If you have then great keep up the good work. If not, pray about it. Pray and seek God's guidance. Ask God if he wants you to be an example for others and show them the way. Just pray and seek God's guidance in this matter. If he leads you to share your testimony with others then get to work. If God tells you not to witness with others then pick up your Bible and rip out the Gospels. If Jesus didn't mean it when, in Mark 16:15, He said, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature," then he probably did not mean anything he said so we can throw it all away. If the Jesus' words mean nothing then neither do those of his followers so chunk out the rest of the New Testament. If Jesus' commands mean nothing then neither do God's laws so throw out the Old Testament as well. And if the Bible, God's Word, means nothing and need to be thrown out, then I guess God doesn't mean anything either so let's just chunk that crazy notion as well. Right?
John 20:22 - And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
We all need air but we need Jesus even more. Air may give us life but only Jesus can give us eternal life. There's a song by Petra that asks "When will the world see that we need Jesus?" Short answer - when we tell them. Rely on the Holy Spirit and go share Jesus with others.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted