God Made Dirt

The Bible says, “the LORD God formed man of the dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature” (Genesis 2:7). Comparing someone to dirt is not usually considered a compliment. We think of dirt as… dirty and beneath us, literally and figuratively, but we were made from dirt.

We need to understand that there is something different about the dirt God used. I’ve seen the people of Zimbabwe make homes with dirt, mud, and thatch. We’ve learned how to mix other compounds with dirt to build impressive structures. But God took the dirt itself and formed a person. He made a living creature by breathing life into it! Have you ever been given CPR? Someone had to jumpstart the heart.

How does God breath life back into us? How does he give us spiritual CPR? The Bible also says, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). We receive new spiritual life through Christ. The Bible tells us to reenact His death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-4). That’s how we get into Christ and allow Him to breath authentic spiritual life into us. We have to let Him form our spiritual essence with the creativity only He possesses.

Remember, God said, “for you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19). He formed our physical bodies to sustain us temporarily on this earth. He formed our spiritual bodies to last for eternity. Make sure God has used some spiritual “dirt” in forming you.


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