Devotional for Wednesday January 3rd

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Balance”


Our Bible verse for today: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “Work to achieve wholeness”


I first encountered the concept of “wholeness” in the Christian life many years ago at conference in Los Angeles. The conference was sponsored by the Renovare Institute, which is a Christian ministry committed to assisting individual Christians and churches to pursue spiritual formation at a deeper level. The concept of wholeness in the Christian life was a prominent theme in many of the workshops and sermons.


A generally accepted definition of Christian wholeness is “The state of being well in body, soul, and spirit (with the soul being understood to incorporate the mind, will, and emotions).” So a Christian who is enjoying “wholeness” is healthy physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.


Additionally, each of those areas impacts and affects the others. For instance, how you feel physically influences to some degree how you’re doing mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Likewise, if you’re struggling with your mental or emotional health, it is often difficult get motivated to exercise, or eat right. And of course since at your core you are a spiritual person, if you are not healthy spiritually then that has a negative impact on every other area of life.


You are a “whole” person. You consist of a physical body, a mind that is mental and emotional, and you are a spiritual being. All of them are intricately connected and they impact one another. Therefore you need to be balanced and healthy physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually in order to be enjoying the “wholeness” I described a moment ago.


This is what Paul was writing about in 1 Thessalonians 5:23. The sanctification he referred to in that verse is the process of transformation the Holy Spirit is using to slowly and progressively change us into the men and women God intends for us to be. First, foremost, primarily, and most importantly that transformation is spiritual in nature. But it isn’t just spiritual. As Paul inferred in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, it includes your body and you mind too (may your spirit, soul and body be kept sound …)


The book I referred to yesterday, “Toughness Training for Life” by Dr. James Loehr, is not a Christian book. Although Dr. Loehr does acknowledge the importance of the spiritual person, his focus is mostly on the physical, mental, and emotional areas of life. If you’re looking for an excellent study that illustrates how professional athletes achieve a healthy balance in those areas, this book is worth your time to read. In the days to come I will offer you additional suggestions that incorporate good spiritual growth as well. In the meantime please be thinking about the importance of being a whole and balanced person physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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