Inside: What if I said wellness and wholeness couldn’t happen without a relationship with Christ? What are some ways to become well and whole in Christ?
I’m an easy sell. If you tell me that eating vegetarian is healthy, I’m bound to try it. The Paleo diet can improve all my bodily systems and it will uncover the foundation of youth, Sold!
When you tell me my family will be healthier without parabens and plastic containers, Amazon has already delivered my glass containers to the front door.
It can become an endless rat race trying to keep up with what will put my health at risk. As a mom, it can cause a whole bunch of unneeded anxiety.
What are Wellness and Wholeness?
Wellness and Wholeness, seem to be popular buzz words. For most of us, these words bring up visions of healthy eating and living. Perhaps a Paleo diet, spending hours doing yoga at the gym or meditating during the day.
The definition of wellness: the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal (Merriam-Webster).
Wholeness: being healed, physically sound, free of disease or deformity, mentally or emotionally sound (Merriam-Webster).
God tells us in the Bible that our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit. We are to treat them in a God-pleasing way in worship offering ourselves as daily sacrifices to do what God wants us to, not what our sinful body desires. We give our abilities and trust God to lead us.
This daily discipline is a conscious, directed effort with God to reach our full potential someday in Heaven.
Our bodies and spirit can’t reach the perfect design of the Creator without His help.Click To Tweet
God’s Image was Well and Whole
When God created Adam, he was whole and well in God’s image. The balance between his physical body, spirit, and soul was perfect. Adam was completely well and whole.
Once sin happened, these three entities became in disarray. Adam’s body slowly began dying, his spirit began desiring things apart from God, and his soul started longing for the perfect way it had once been.
Our culture puts a strong emphasis on health and training of our physical body, however, when some tragedy befalls us, the fact we can bench-press 100 pounds at the gym makes little difference. What about the affects on our spirit and soul?
How we weather circumstances is a joint effort of our mind, soul, and spirit persevering through the difficulty.
Even in the worst of situations, with faith in God as our stable focus, circumstances can’t overpower us and take us down.
We all can receive God’s grace and help. God is willing to bless anyone who asks for wellness and wholeness.
He is the best personal trainer to get us well and whole.
7 Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. 8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:7-8, NLT).
Are you working in tandem with God?
11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” (Luke 17:11-13, NLT).
Jesus told them to show themselves to the priests, and they became healed. One leper returned thanking and praising God for the restoration to health. Jesus said his faith had made him well.
The King James version says, “19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole (Luke 17:19, KJV).
All these men found healing of leprosy, but only one returned by faith and became well and whole.
Did you catch it?
The others became healthy on the outside but remained messes on the inside. No balance within the body can happen until Jesus is at the center.Click To Tweet
Becoming Well and Whole in Christ
Every part: soul, physical body, and spirit affect the other and they need the Savior to become well and whole.
“God’s ultimate goal for your life on earth is not comfort, but character development. He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like Christ.” ~Rick Warren
How to Become Whole and Well in Christ:
- Come to faith in Jesus as your Savior.
- Repent and ask for forgiveness.
- Give God your burdens, guilt, and shame.
- Trust in His directing your life.
- Be thankful and practice gratitude.
- Form a daily relationship with God through prayer and reading His Word
- Serve and love others.
We will never become complete in wellness and wholeness until we are in Heaven. This Christian life is a progression of becoming well and whole in Christ. As we throw off the old, sinful habits and embrace new God-pleasing ones, we start the journey to wellness.
We will always be work-in-progress Christians until God embraces us in His arms on the pearly streets on eternal life. What diet we follow, the exercise we do and the stress relievers we use can help keep us healthy, but true wholeness and wellness are found only in Christ.