Do you ever feel that your work is dry and without purpose? Do you wish you could breathe new life and energy into your everyday tasks and job description?
Over 2,000 years ago, God took Ezekiel to a valley full of dry bones. God asked the prophet whether he thought the dry bones could ever live again. God then put flesh on the bones and breathed over them so that they arose a mighty army…alive and well!
God said, “I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live…”. Do you ever feel like dry bones walking? Do you know co-workers or family members that are empty and have lost hope?
Earlier in Ezekiel God said, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).” This is the promise of Easter. God not only raised the physical body of Jesus from the dead, but through His Spirit has offered us new life and purpose.
Ephesians 2 tells us that we were dead in our own selfish ways but the same spirit that brought these bones to life and raised Jesus from the dead has “made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions (Ephesians 2:5).” We are each offered this gift of grace so that we might receive it by faith.
This new life will then be lived out in every area of our daily walk. God’s spirit gives us a new heart for others and a new perspective on how we should approach our families, communities and even the workplace. Our co-workers are no longer just acquaintances but precious people we are called to love and serve because Christ has given us His heart for them. Our mundane tasks at home and work become essential assignments done for the sake of Christ and through His power at work within us.
This Easter we pray that you would see Christ’s resurrection in your own heart and life. And we pray that He breathes life-giving hope over your family, community, and workplace.