It was theology class. All the guys were discussing if they were trichotomous or dichotomous. If they consisted of body and spirit or body, soul, and spirit. I remember being b.o.r.e.d. I did not see how it fit into the grand scheme of the Gospel. I did not see how it fit into the Person of Jesus Christ. My life was not going to be different if I chose one over the other.
But I’ve been learning…
Today, almost 12 years later, I believe we are body, soul and spirit. Soul being our mind, emotions and will. Spirit being our conscience, intuition and communion. And I believe, up until recently, I am more likely to focus on my soul than my spirit. I let myself be led by my mind, my emotions and my will rather than by my spirit. Even though in Christ, this spirit is one with His Spirit and all of His fullness has made its home in me.
There is subtle but huge difference between soul and spirit. But don’t start trying to figure out if you are living out of your soul or out of your spirit, you will miss the point entirely because you are still focused on you. You are not the focus, Christ is. In Hebrews 4:12 it says that the Word of God (Christ) is living and active and able to separate soul and spirit. Christ separates. We rest in Him.
In my life the more I seek to express Christ in everydayness, the more I live from my spirit without even trying.
So that’s the back story. All of that to say, I woke up yesterday with a thought running through my head. You can find it in Psalm 23. It’s simple
He restores my soul…
His heartbeat is always restoration. I see it in marriages, I see it in my relationship with my father and I see it in who I am becoming. The more I focus on Christ, the more me I become. The more I die to things I want, the more He resurrects them and makes better. He brings back who I thought I was, to who I actually am–in Him. He brings back who He created before the foundations of the world, before the desire for knowledge over Life infected us and who I always have been. He restores my mind, my will, and my emotions. Because my soul serves my spirit. And living out of this spirit life is so.much.more. than I ever anticipated.