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Why Do We Crave for Dust and Ashes?

“And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” Genesis 6:3

By this assertion, it is implied that the essence of life which God breathed into man should not continue forever. Man had been made in the image and likeness of God and God had breathed into him the breath of life – that spirit which proceeds from Him. God had put something that enabled Him to fellowship with Adam regularly (Genesis 3:8). Only that which has spirit can have fellowship with God who is a Spirit (John 4:24). The beasts and every other creature He had created did not have this element and thus God did not fellowship with them. They were mere flesh. The insatiable desire for a sweet fellowship made God to put His spirit in man so that man can have God’s identity and live in God’s image and likeness.

Flesh

The animals were flesh. They were created from the earth and had no knowledge of God whatsoever. All their inclinations were earthly. Before the fall of man, he had been more at home in the presence of God than he was without God’s immediate presence. All his thoughts and imaginations centered on God. As a result, the awesome presence of the Lord filled the earth. Man was sustained in this strength; and so were all creatures. Man had been naked, but he had not realized it, because he had been “blind” to the things that were earthly.

However, Satan came and tempted Eve. His first attempt was to lure her focus away from God to worldly things. Satan had promised her wisdom; and this wisdom, however noble it was, was earthly. Eve looked away from God and minded earthly things. She became as the animals. She became flesh. O what sad state indeed!

The Grim Reality

Is this not manifesting itself in our present situations? Too many of us seek after knowledge apart from the Source of knowledge. We try to reason out what God has stated clearly in His word to check whether it fits in with our neatly-crafted pigeonholes. We have been seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6); but we willingly unseat ourselves from this seat and sit comfortably in the dusts of the earth because we crave attention from men who will fade away in a moment. We have been celebrated by God and His holy angels when we had believed in Christ and had given our lives to Him, when we had occupied the highest seat in the universe with Christ. But we descend down to ignoble things and, like Lucifer, are brought down to the pit of hell.

Satan hates the fact that we occupy a great position with Christ and wants to unseat us by whatever means he can employ and at whatever cost. Like Eve, he might suggest to us to sin and compromise a little bit — a little lie, greed, sexual immorality and others like these. He will make circumstances and situations conducive for us to do his bidding and we will feel as if we are losing if we do not do it.

Challenge

Beloved, never compromise your stand with God. Never give up on the way He leads you whether it is difficult or obscure in order to tread the paths that lead to worldly fame and glory and thus forfeit your inheritance. Do you crave for the attention of men? You work for God, you pray and study the Scriptures, and you win souls into God’s kingdom. These are noble deeds. But behind all these, is there not a desire for self-gratification? Do you not crave men’s approval and recommendation, however little? O seriously consider this and think of your works. Are your works acceptable and pleasing unto God? Will they stand the test of fire on that Day or will they be burned up and great loss be incurred? (1 Corinthians 3:10-15.

Think on these things!

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