A Breath of Fresh Air
Be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18
Recommended Reading – Ephesians 5:17-21
Environmental engineers call China one of the most smog-polluted nations on earth, with only 3 of its 74 largest cities meeting air quality standards. In Beijing, for example, the smog is so heavy that residents sometimes can’t see the end of the block. Now the government is teaming up with innovators to bottle air from the distant Laojun Mountains and transport it to urban areas. Residents can now stop at breathing stations, don an air mask, and breathe the atmosphere of another land. China’s president, Xi Jinping, has endorsed the idea, saying, “Air quality is now a deciding factor in people’s perception of happiness.”
In the Bible, the same Greek word is translated wind, breathe, spirit, and Spirit—as in Holy Spirit. In a sense, the Holy Spirit is God’s oxygen in the lungs of our soul. The atmosphere of our culture is toxic; but when we’re filled with the Spirit, it’s like getting an oxygen transfusion. It clears our thoughts, refreshes our hearts, and keeps us healthy.
The Spirit of God is the breath of God. In order to live spiritually, we need His breath—the Holy Spirit.
“Breathe on me, breath of God, fill me with life anew, that I may love what Thou dost love, and do what Thou wouldst do.”
Hymnist Edwin Hatch