Ever feel that way?
Good news! God tells us through Ezekiel that he can bring us back to life. He is able to breathe life back into our souls so that we can become alive in him again.
I know this is true because I’ve experienced it.
In my late 20’s I was what I call a ‘cultural Christian’. I had loved God and believed in Jesus my whole life but my personal relationship with God was pretty non-existent at that time. My family went to church and I sang in the choir. I sat in the congregation on Sunday and commented on what a great sermon it was but I rarely remembered it past the parking lot. I prayed – but I never listened. I never watched for God’s answer.
I was too busy with all the other things I thought I wanted. I had a great husband, two awesome kids, a good start on career, nice cars and our first house. Everything was great, right?
Then why did I feel so anxious and lost and stressed all the time? I had everything I thought I needed but my life still felt very empty. If this is all there was, I didn’t want it. It was all wayyyyyyy too much work.
My husband was going through a similar angst and he began to be discipled by a very Godly man. As I watched, I was amazed to see my husband gradually find the joy and fulfillment that I was looking for.
Wow! I never even considered that a relationship with God could be the answer to my emptiness.
So I opened up my heart and mind to God. One of the pivotal steps I took was to become a member of a small group who was studying the Bible and getting serious about their relationships with God.
Through studying God’s word and experiencing the power of small group Bible studies, I started to hear God. I began to know his voice. And he challenged me to seriously put him first in my life.
No Way! That was a crazy idea! I already had a husband, kids, career, family, friends and church on my plate. I was struggling every day not lose ‘me’ in all of that.
But I knew I had to try something. I realized that my lack of purpose and joy wasn’t going to work long term. The cracks that were starting to show up in my life were going to break wide open if I kept running on empty.
So I gradually started to put God first.
As I read and listened and opened up my heart to God, I began to feel the hole in my life start to fill up. He breathed a fresh wind of his love and grace and strength into my soul.
I discovered that God wanted me to put him first in my life so he could help me with all the rest. He has made me a better wife, a better mother, a better boss, a better sister and a better friend. That’s what he does when we put him first.
God’s love has filled my life to the point that it overflows onto the people around me. The two greatest commandments – loving God and loving others – are accomplished in our lives by doing the first one. When we really love God with all our hearts, we experience so much of his love that it naturally runs over into the lives of the people around us.
All orchestrated by God as he breathes life deep into our souls.
There are no dry bones here.
Thank you, Abba Father.