Do you devise ways for those outside Christ to find life with God or to remain separated from Him? Be careful, there is no neutral. We all devise ways to either pull people toward God or to push them away from Him. The determining factor is how we respond to the life-giving inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible records that when it comes to the banished, God devises ways for life: “Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him” (2 Samuel 14:14).
Nephesh is the Hebrew word for life, also translated soul, or breath. God pulls toward those who are separated from Him by breathing life into their souls so they may turn to Him and experience reconciled relationships. Contrastingly, left to our flawed nature, we push people away from God. In fact, the Hebrew word for estranged means literally “to push away.”
Now here’s the question that each of us must ask: “If the Spirit of God dwells in me, do I devise ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from God?” In order to do so, we must: (1) inhale the breath of life from God and (2) exhale that breath of life to others.