Genesis 2:7 – “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” NKJV
The only thing that differentiates man from animals, trees and rocks is the ‘breath of life’ that God breathed into him. That and that alone gives man significance and purpose. It is what makes man a living creature with an immortal spiritual soul. God infused Himself into Adam at creation and in doing so identified that our physical bodies should not be the focus of man but our spirits and souls.
Some are so captivated by the human body and/or their human bodies they spend fortunes tweaking them, honing them, nurturing them and idolizing them while omitting the most important. The Bible’s declaration that we are made in the Image and Likeness of God has caused many to declare that God looks like mankind. However, the Jesus declared in John 4:24, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” Therefore, I would suggest that the image and likeness refer more to the spirit and soul in man than the physical frame that houses the soul.
The part of us that is eternal is the part that truly relates to God. The Bible tells us that our bodies are the temple of God and therefore not unimportant just not the most important. I would suggest that since these bodies are the house in which our spirits live it is important to properly maintain the body. If we spent as much time developing our souls as we do to caring for our physical bodies we would be spiritual dynamos and this world would experience an incredible revival, renewal, and restoration.
The Breath of Life or that which causes to live was given from God to Adam bringing into existence a creation that could fellowship with the creator. God gave Adam responsibility and accountability thus allowing Him the privilege to make life choices. His instructions regarding the Tree of Knowledge was given before Eve was created and he must shoulder a significant portion of the blame for their failure to follow God’s instructions.
Man was created to Live Forever and would have in the flesh were it not for the Fall of Man in the Garden. Our physical bodies are a medical and scientific marvel still being understood by humans. This body has the ability and capacity to heal itself if it is given the proper nutrients, fuel, care, exercise, and attention. The decay of the body through aging is the result of the Fall of Man in the Garden not because God intended us to wither away. Physically we are nothing more than a “lump of clay” but when that dirt houses the Eternal Spirit that connects us to God it is a marvel.
I saw a report that declared the human body could be worth up to $45 million if you combined the value of bone marrow, DNA, organs, and components. That same report then took the chemical value of the human body and calculated it as coming in at a whopping $160.04 in chemical compound amounts and values. As a living entity it is almost priceless but when you take the individual chemical components it is relatively insignificant in value. So it is not the “Lump of Clay” that makes it valuable it is the Life that is in it that makes us valued. We are valuable to God because His breath is in us and He gave His Son to redeem us. We have been deemed by God as worth the Blood of Jesus and that makes us priceless.
May the Lord bless you as you go through your day!