Weekend MDST230

7 Mile Walk With Jesus

Maryland Steppingstone #230

Theme: Come Alive

October 5-8 2017

'Ezekial 37:10'

Vicki Harter

“…We call out to dead hearts, come alive, come alive.” These were the broken words I faintly heard on the radio shortly after my call to be rector for MDST-230. It was a cloudy day, and the volume was turned down low due to poor reception. I could barely hear it, but once the words registered my heart leapt for joy and burned within me. I was so excited that I started to slapping my husband on the arm and shouting, “That’s it! That’s MY theme! COME ALIVE!” He probably still has a bruise. I came home and dove into Ezekiel 37:1-10, the passage of the dry bones. Upon first glance, it is easy to see where Come Alive would be an appropriate theme for this passage. Ezekiel is given a vision where he is set in a great valley filled with bones. He is asked of the Lord to prophesy to the bones to bring them back to life. Simple enough, right? But, as I spent time with God reflecting on this passage, there was so much more depth to it. Yes, this is a passage of restoration and redemption. However, this passage also brings to light at least 3 other important truths. Truth one: we are a work in progress. Ezekiel is obedient and prophecies to the bones just as God commands. The bones became covered with flesh, but there was no breath in them (no life). God has Ezekiel prophecy a second time to the source of life, the breath. Once they receive the breath, the bodies are brought to life. This leads me to truth number two: God’s breath, His Holy Spirit, is the life-giving power that is in us all. Because we are all God’s creation, we are endowed with His breath to be living. It is only when we call upon and rely upon the power of the Holy Spirit, that we will truly be Alive in Christ. Until then, we are more like the bones with bodies that have the appearance of life, going through the motions, but never truly being alive. Once we have received His Holy Spirit, we will know what it is to be alive. Verse 10 of Ezekiel 37 reads, “I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.” (NASB) Truth number three: we are called to action. We have been restored and brought to life for a reason. Any term could have been used for a large number of people. God chose the word army. Think of all the functions of an army. Some functions are safe and some are hazardous, but all serve to fulfill one common mission. Could it be that our common mission is to be like Ezekiel, speaking words of life into others? My prayer for the pilgrims and team of MDST-230 is that we would recognize where we are on our individual journeys with Christ and strive to go further, that we would all feel a new anointing of The Holy Spirit, and that we would leave our time together feeling refreshed, equipped, and empowered to complete the individual tasks the Father has for each of us.