The breath of life is like a golden thread that weaves its way through every
fiber of mans being. Often undetected by the consciousness of mans mind,
it, nevertheless, constantly influences and ultimately controls the living of
mans life. It is the "heart-beat" of every action. For man
continually strives to experience the ultimate manifestation of life that can be
Sadly, however, since there is mystery in life, all men eventually struggle
with simply living. Although every man is driven from within to experience the
rich, full, and complete life, it becomes, for most, an illusive dream. The
proverbial carrot, which is continually dangled in from of mans hungering
eyes, is never caught. When life comes to the end of its days for the majority
of people, there are too many songs that have not been sung, too many books not
written, and too many noble deeds that have not been done. Very few people ever
experience the power of the true intimacy of life. The glory of what should have
been is never experienced.
One of the major areas of concern, if not the top priority, in modern
Christianity is the need to return to Jesus as the breath and heart-beat of life
itself. With the market flooded with "how-to" books and formulas to
practice in order to gain the heart of God, Jesus, the only way to the Father,
has been pushed back to a secondary role at best.
Almost as an after-thought, stirring, charismatic preachers quickly add,
after giving their new found formula for success, that it is only Jesus that
"anoints" or makes the formula work. However, the difference between
Jesus helping or anointing the believer to live and Jesus being the actual
breath and heart-beat of the believers life is the issue that has plagued
mankind since the Garden of Eden. It is the difference between religion
(religion being defined as what man does for or to God) and the true Way of God,
Although all men have been graced to experience the life of God, most men
fail to experience that life because grace is bestowed upon them in vain (I Cor.
15:10; II Cor. 6:1). Surprisingly, it is the pursuit of life by man that always
frustrates the grace of God in man. Paul seemed to be expressing that thought
when he wrote to the Romans concerning the Jews: "For they being
ignorant of Gods righteousness, and going about to establish their own
righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God"
(10:3). Is it not the "going about to establish their own righteousness"
that prohibited them from "submitting themselves unto the righteousness
of God?" Mysteriously, mans pursuit of life always frustrates the
life of God already given to him.
The only cure for the "messenger of Satan" that keeps inflicting
its deadly wound upon the heart of man is the revelation of the grace of God. It
is only the gospel of Jesus Christ (the good message which proclaims that God
the Father has sent His Son into the believers life to baptize him with His
Spirit to take the believer where he would not and could not go himself) that
saves and keeps man (I Cor. 15:1,2). The only way man will ever be changed and
stay changed is having the free flow of the grace of God that dwells within him.
Man must come to understand that Jesus Christ is his breath of life.