Wed., Mar. 2/22
You don’t HAVE a soul; you ARE a soul. You HAVE a body – for now, this body.
I’ve written around this insight many times now and regular readers may groan at my taking another run at it. But I find it a truth I simply cannot set down for long. Our world today is obsessed by the body and gives little thought, if any, to the soul. Instead, many believe a person IS one’s body, in which one HAS a heart (replaceable mechanically if necessary), HAS a set of lungs (one of which could be spared), two kidneys (ditto), four appendages (any of which could be replaced artificially), teeth, hair, etc. Replace the whole lot of them and the “person” is still the “person.”
But what makes the whole thing run? A corpse too has still all these things, yet the “person” has gone. Something once there is there no more. The body now stiffens, decays, in time becomes dust. Why?
Mary Shelley’s 1818 classic has scientist Victor Frankenstein enliven his Monster with huge bolts of electricity, a ‘kick start’ so to say of dead tissues knit together. Is that all life is? A shocking ZAP to get things going? I can hardly believe so. But when you believe you ARE a body you need something to get it going… to make it run.
The Bible teaches that “the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Gen. 2:7). The Creator had the whole body built, made from “the dust of the ground” but it needed something more. It needed breath — life! That life was spirit, and it originated with God. Solomon wrote that at death “the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” (Eccl. 12:7). Jesus taught “Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” (John 3:6). And Paul clearly states “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 15:50).
Your body is not “you.” Your body is something that “you” have.
Bishop William Walsham How writes in the mid-19th century book Plain Words to Children “What a wonderful thing the soul is…You cannot see it: you cannot hear it: you cannot touch it. Yet you know it is there… It tells you itself.”
I believe this to be true. The moment a person agrees to listen to one’s soul cry, one will find this to be true. We were made to cry “Abba.” We were made to love God. Sin made us rebels, and the only way back is to surrender. When we do, we find not a prison camp; we find our true home!
To Whom do we go to turn ourselves in? To Christ, the One Who makes rebirth possible. To Nicodemus and to us He says, “You must be born again.” (John 3:7). A new breath, a clean and pure breath from God must enter you. He says, surrender, ask, receive, and follow Him. “You… know how to give good gifts,” He says, “how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13).
You are not merely this temporary body of dust. You were made for eternity, and you know it. Give up your own pursuits. Embrace Him. Only He can lead you home.
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