There are very few things in Scripture I find more elegant than the first two chapters of the Bible. As enthralling as the first six days of creation are, I’m most awed by the part when God created us. “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” (Genesis 2:7).
Have you seen dust? News flash: it’s dirty. Nonetheless, God chose this, something that has been considered the lowest and most insignificant thing on the planet, to form the thing He would breathe life into. It’s almost as if God knew from the very start that we would all be a bunch of dirtbags, yet He chose to give the essence of life to us anyway. Not only did He give us life, but He elevated us to rule His creation. Humans went from the lowest of the low to the highest of the high in one day!
Obviously, things didn’t stay perfect. Despite everything He did, we chose the path that would lead us back to the dust (Genesis 3:19). Thankfully, He didn’t leave us there. By sending Jesus, He again lifted us up and gave us eternal life, even though we were as insignificant and dirty as the dust. Not only did He breathe life into us, but He washed us of our sins.
As long as we go through this world, it’s hard not to pick up a little bit of the dust that gets kicked up along the way. Still, we can live knowing that, until He gives us robes of white, we can be continually cleansed from the grime of this world. “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (II Corinthians 7:1). I look forward to the day when I no longer need a continual washing, when I’m able to see the One who gave me breath, lifted me out of the dust, and called me His own.