Today’s post is a throwback to something I wrote in June of 2010…
“All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return… the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 3:20, 12:7)
There is a phenomenal distinction here. “The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”
Dust and spirit…
Our bodies are dust…literally. When we die, dust is all that remains. But our bodies are not the culmination of our being. Upon our death, our spirit returns to God who gave it. In Genesis 2:7 we learn that “the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” God formed Adam’s shape with dust. That dust became alive only after God breathed His spirit into him.
““There’s this paradox at the heart of what it means to be a human being. We’re fragile and vulnerable. We come from the dust…And yet, at the same time we’ve been breathed into by the Creator of the Universe.” (Rob Bell, “Breathe”)
Our physical bodies, merely dust, are consumed by the reality of this earth. However, God’s breath inside of us embodies the purpose of our existence. God tells us in Psalm 103:14 that He remembers that we are simply dust. He understands the limitations we face as a result of our transient composition. He understands because He intentionally formed us that way. However, He also remembers that His breath, His Spirit, resides inside us.
“As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.” (1 Peter 1:15, The Message)
Just as God remembers, so should we. Remember that you are dust – temporary, fragile, mortal, dust.
But also remember that there is a powerful and raging Spirit within you, calling you to be holy.