Are we living a resurrected life?
Do you sometimes feel that your drifting, cut afloat without the ability to see what you need to do next? Do you allow yourself to be distracted by the fears of the world? Do you pursue the desires of your heart and yet feel empty?
In Ezekiel 37:1-14 there is a story that communicates a common truth that people are living in their everyday experience. Ezekiel is a man chosen by God to give his message to those who do not want to hear it. Most would give up, but not Ezekiel he persists, and God rewards him with a vision of hope in a time of hopelessness.
In the vision, Ezekiel finds himself in a valley full of dry bones. The Spirit of the Lord asks him, can these bones live? Most would answer no, but Ezekiel knows God and what he is capable of. However just to be safe, he replies that only the Lord God could know. This cuts like a knife, for no matter what we do, no matter what we say only God can bring life.
Everything in the valley is dead and the only life to be found is the Spirit of God and Ezekiel. Ezekiel lives a life in the Spirit, and that gives him purpose for his life. Life is not about the circumstances we face the objects or people we desire, life can only be found in God’s Spirit.
The Spirit of the Lord tells Ezekiel to prophesy life into the bones, and they develop flesh and sinew and resemble the form of what it is to be human. Yet still, there is no life in them. You can listen to the word of God, and you can develop moral structures that look good from the outside, but unless God’s Spirit is in you, you are still dead.
The Lord tells Ezekiel to prophesy to the breath, which he does and the breath came in them. The word for breath here is the same word for Spirit. Immediately they came alive, they stood up and were an exceedingly large army.
God places his Spirit inside them. Formerly God spirit only resided in a temple or came upon their leaders temporarily. They were used to God influencing their lives only at certain times and places. They kept God in a slot of convenience for them to live life in a way that suited them. God wants access and control of your life 24/7.
Ezekiel in this text reflects Jesus as both were referred to as the son of man. Ezekiel in the vision had the ability to prophesy life into the dry bones in the form of the Spirit. Jesus, in reality, has the power to do the same. He doesn’t want you just to live a good life listening only to his words and meeting with him and his people when it’s convenient. He wants access at all times and for us to live life like a soldier as part of an army ready to be mobilised when he commands. Through our dedication to him and God and our obedience to his commands to love that we begin to live.