dry bones that God chooses to bring to life
Categories: Devotional, Prayer, Theology
Can you get creative with me for a second? Imagine yourself dead. Imagine yourself a pile of dry bones — lifeless and fragile bones. I know it sounds a bit morbid, but are you getting the picture? Now imagine God looking at you and saying, “I love you, come to life!” and breathing life into you. You are no longer a pile of dry bones, you are a new life, full of the Spirit of God.
That is a picture of a soul at the moment of its salvation. Spiritually, we are a pile of dry bones that God chooses to bring to life. The question is: why would He do that? Why would He choose me? Why would he choose you? If all we have to offer Him are lifeless bones, why would he choose us?
I believe He chooses us because He wants to use us. There are implications of our faith in Christ! He doesn’t give us life so we can lay in the same spot that our dry bones formally lie! He chooses us for a purpose. Scriptures tell us God prepared us to do good works (Eph. 2:10), and that we’re ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us (2 Cor. 5:20). Jesus tells us our good works should cause others to glorify our Father in Heaven (Matt. 5:16) and James tells us our faith is dead without works (Jas. 2:26).
Am I saying good works save us? By no means! It is by grace through faith in Christ that we are justified before God. But it is most certainly through an outpouring of good works by the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives that prove we are justified. How can I say I have life if I stay lying with the dry bones?
Even though it’s easy to get fired up for good works and go serve at a local shelter a few times, is that the heart of God? That is certainly good, but I don’t think it stops there. I believe God’s heart exposes itself through Christ’s prayers and His actions. He chooses us and uses us to carry out His heart. When he was teaching the people how to pray in Matthew 6 he says, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
So what does the Kingdom of Heaven look like? Scripture tells us it is a treasure, there are people, and there is righteousness (Matt. 13:44-50). These are the implications of our new life In Christ: That we would work endlessly to see the Kingdom of heaven come by sharing Christ, to rid ourselves of all evil, and to bring justice in places where evil and injustice reigns.
If God truly chooses us to use us, let us work tirelessly towards seeing the Kingdom come and The Lord’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.