Spiritual Health Check-Up Part 1
“He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.” Psalm 1:3
“But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” 1 Timothy 4:7-8
Last week we looked at a few physical health tips. If you missed it, check it out HERE. I’m excited for the things I’ve been learning! As I mentioned, I will be including a weekly health tip in my email newsletters. If you are on the list, you will have seen the first one already.
As I’ve shared several times, through this difficult trial that my family and I are going through- God is allowing me to heal emotionally, physically, and MOST importantly, spiritually. If we have the physical health, the emotional health, if we are on top of the world doing our thing BUT neglect the MOST IMPORTANT spiritual health-
Then we are a failure.
As Jesus puts it in Matthew 16:26- “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
Really. It’s okay to be health conscious. As long as we are first and foremost Jesus conscious!
The healthiest person in the world could get into a freak accident and die today. Where will they spend eternity?
If we are so busy about the world’s business that we neglect the Lord’s business, we are wasting our breath. We are, in fact, wasting our life.
God has a purpose for each one of us. That purpose can only be fulfilled as we grow closer to Him, and STAY close to Him. Through the storms, through the joys, through it all. He is the giver and sustainer of life itself. We aren’t promised one more breath. (If you just took one, thank Him for another opportunity. I just did!)
This blog post isn’t intended to give anyone a guilt trip. Rather, it is intended to sound an alarm that we will all hopefully wake up and see that time is short. Yes, we should take care of the Temples that He has entrusted to us. We will give an account for that. Yes, we should make sure our minds and emotions are operating at the optimal level as well. But let’s not neglect our great salvation!!
I have come up with a quick check-up list to look over. It’s not rocket science, it’s simple Biblical living basics. But maybe you, like me, needed a reminder. There’s too much for one post, so I will share half today and the other half next week (if the Lord tarries.)
1) How often do you talk to the Lord? If you are in a relationship, surely you must talk. How much? And how much do you sit back to listen to His voice? He speaks. He speaks through His Word, through other believers, through visions, and in other ways. When we stop and say: “Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening” and we actually take the time to listen, we will be amazed! He really does speak to His children. It is all about relationship. Being with the lover of Your Soul.
2) How often do you read the Word? Do you have a set time and place carved out? I know some people like to read from cover to cover, others take a book at a time, others hop around. The important thing is, we need to know the Bible. It is God’s roadmap for our lives, it is our spiritual food and sustenance, it is the answer to our questions. It is the very heart of God poured out before us, warning us, directing us, encouraging us and loving on us! I encourage you to carve out time every day. Just as you take time every day to eat, take time every day to get that spiritual nourishment as well. Otherwise you will be malnourished and ill-equipped to face the struggles and challenges before you.
3) How often do you STUDY the Word? This is deeper than reading the Word, but this is more of an in-depth approach to dig in, understand the original language, explore context, and be familiar with the whole counsel of the Word of God. (See 2 Timothy 2:15). We need to know what we believe so that we can stand against the lies of this world and give an answer to those who ask us why we follow Jesus. We also study to gain a deeper appreciation for what God is speaking into our lives. It produces growth, strength, and a greater love for this amazing God of the Universe who has left us such delicious meat to satisfy our souls! This is like not only eating, but eating WELL. So make sure to take time to feast on the Word through studying.
The rest of the list will be included in next week’s blog post.
Chew on these for now, and please let me know your thoughts and insights in the comments below!