One of the key words in today’s reading is “life”. Paul begins the thoughts about life in the initial verse of the reading:
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.” (Romans 8:11)
What does Paul mean when he says the Spirit “will give life” to our mortal bodies? He can’t mean physical life – it has to be something more. Paul explains more fully what he means in the rest of the reading and after completing the reading, I began to contemplate the idea of the Spirit of God living in me and giving me life.
As I thought about this, I remembered learning to play baseball and specifically about learning to throw a baseball. I had countless games of catch with my dad and brother. There were lots of pick-up games, followed by years of Pee Wee and then Little League. I was just like countless other ball players, but then one day a coach said, “Wow, you’ve really got some zip on that ball.” Something in my throwing had changed. My pitches were lively and the ball moved when I threw it. No longer was I just throwing a baseball, I had zip on my throws. I had moved from throwing a baseball to THROWING a baseball.
Remembering my baseball days gave a picture of the idea that Paul is trying to communicate. We all have a physical life, but the Spirit of God in us can move us from just living to truly living LIFE. I was reminded again to let the Spirit of him who raised Christ from the dead live in and through me, giving life (true, revitalized, abundant life) to my mortal body through his Spirit.
Let’s walk in that life together.