I Thessalonians 5:23-24 (ESV) Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
Spirit. Soul. Body. The Word of God tells us to be kept blameless in all three of these areas of life. It seems many times due to imbalance that one will fall short or be neglected. The God of Peace will sanctify us and make us completely whole. It is up to us to engage in the process of wholeness and oneness with the Lord. I went for a physical the other day. I am in good health other than a good case of menopause. Menopause is part of a woman’s transition in life to a new season. It is welcomed by many but rebuked due to the symptoms accompanying it. I have friends who have endured it yet was still unprepared. To sum it up lightly, it is as if your mind and body begin to misfire completely. The thermostat goes up and down constantly. Mood changes with the wind. Sitting with the doctor, she added to the burden that I should lose about 15 pounds and that exercise would benefit not only my body but my mind. Not what I wanted to hear but nevertheless exactly what I needed to hear. How do we get out of order? Shifting sand? Changing seasons? The Lord promises to order our life and accompany us along the way even in dark valley or illuminated mountaintops – He is always working the details for our good. Am I working with Him?
There are seasonal changes in our life all the time. New relationships. New jobs. New people. New opportunities. Unexpected events. Aging. Life presents change on a regular basis. The constancy of our life is Jesus Christ. To prepare for His Coming is our purpose. Distractions keep us from destiny when our spirit, soul and body are not controlled by the Lord but given to overtures of the flesh. It is important to evaluate these three elements in our life on a continual basis. An imbalance can cause us to fall. One definitely impacts the other. My doctor explained that exercise is more important than dieting because of the endorphins released in such activities. Our body is designed by God to work in unison – spirit, soul and body. An unhealthy lifestyle will definitely impact other areas of spiritual and mental health.
2 Corinthians 7:1 (ESV) Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
It’s funny how reading the Bible, it is human nature to pull from it what we are after and ignore the rest. I know I am the only one who does it….not all the super Christians out there. (Insert chuckle) It is very important to examine our heart and mind for unity with the Lord. We must evaluate our walk with Christ to maintain proper direction. All of the spiritual essence of faith is absolutely vital. Our health is important, too. Christ would not have taken stripes on His Back without purpose. We are to be healed, healthy and whole in Him. We are Children of the King. First class athletes running the race of faith. Or are we?
I Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV) Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
My body is a Temple of the Holy Spirit. Christ lives in me. My entire being should represent that God is Good Father and takes exceptional care of His Children. If my mind is yielded to Jesus, I have the Mind of Christ and make better choices giving sound counsel. I do not react to emotions but respond with the Word. If my soul belongs to Jesus, His Commandments are not burdensome. I can love others from the vast reservoir within me giving grace freely and forgiving unconditionally. I am a Light in dark world. If my body belongs to Jesus, I should be the picture of health from excellent care. I must see the whole picture of oneness and wholeness in Christ. Christ came to make us whole, complete and lacking nothing. What is missing?
I Corinthians 9:26-27 (ESV) So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
My flesh is ridiculous right now as my body undergoes a change. It is up to me to discipline my body and keep it under control. Why? Otherwise my lifestyle preaching to others may be disqualified. Well then…my lifestyle matters. How I live matters? It does. I must not run through life aimlessly but live intentionally striving for wholeness and oneness in Christ. To live up to His Full Standard does not exempt a single element including our spirit (mind), soul and body. All must be fully equipped to serve the Lord and be an example of how great His Love is and what a Good Father He is to those who love and trust Him. As I flourish in the fullness of God’s Love, others will see and be drawn to Him. I have some work to do. How about you? There are changes to be made in my own physical life that will be difficult. Let’s face it – most believers like to fellowship and eat together. My schedule is hectic yet I must still be motivated to move and get my body in line with God’s Word. I am healthy and whole in Jesus Christ. But what about your mind? Are you stressed or anxious? You can have the Mind of Christ but must displace stinking thinking with sound knowledge that will become wisdom when applied to your life. What about your heart and soul? Repentance is not a one-time event but an ongoing lifestyle by continually turning over the contents of our heart and surrendering that which does not reflect the Father’s Great Love. Whatever is imbalanced in our life can be called to order by Christ and fortified by His Spirit who lives in you and me? We must only ask and He will be our Helper. My life in proper order will preach a gospel that my mouth could never speak.
John 14:16-17 (ESV) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.