Love God With Your Body, Soul, and Spirit

Written by Daryl Sung (Singapore)

Daryl, formerly a Physical Educator, is now embracing and embarking on a Sports Mission in his life through FCA and building a kingdom sports business called 'YOLO RUN'. He is married, with 2 princesses, passionate about Jesus, prayer running and also children building strong and firm foundations in their early years. He's all for healthy living, being active and fit for the long haul. Coffee & a book in hand is something he loves in his free time.

April 2, 2024

Something has been burning in my heart to kick off this series to share more about the importance of stewarding our whole body, taking care of our health holistically, only because everyone of us has been bought and paid for a high price, on the Cross of Calvary by our Savior Lord Jesus.

“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”

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

God has freely given us a body to be a dwelling place for Himself, removing all barriers so the Holy Spirit can abide in us and lead us to the truth.
However, one cannot deny the fact that we are three-in-one beings, a physical body with a soul and spirit.
Therefore, we should examine our health in five key areas: (1) physical, (2) mental, (3) emotional, (4) spiritual and (5) social. Each of these are interrelated and interdependent on each other.
It is high complex for how one affects another.

You cannot compartmentalize each as a stand-alone area, but a whole unitbody, soul, AND spirit.
Have you ever wondered why God breathed the Greatest Commandment as

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength”

Mark 12:30

Could it be that God desires and expects us to love Him with our body, soul, and spirit?

 
Could it be that in order to love Him, all five areas need to be active?

Could it be that God expects us to take good care of each area so that it is in its best condition to function effectively in response to Him?

God fearfully and wonderfully wove us with a physical body with bones and flesh; with a soul comprised of our emotions, will, and mind; and with a spirit with the desire and love to connect with Him.
Each of these are made to worship the Creator.
There is a hunger, a God-shaped vacuum within us that longs for fulfilment.
David expressed it so clearly in Psalm 63:1 when he was in the wilderness of Judah yearning for spiritual renewal that only God can satisfy.

“God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

Psalm 63:1

Our holistic health matters to God!
He knows exactly what we need to respond to Him in love wholeheartedly.
Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, and it is our responsibility to take care of it and maintain it with effort and intentionality. 

The fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden led to spiritual death and eternal separation from God.
Our spirits no longer have that harmonious communion with God.
Our souls began rebelling against God, with shame, guilt, fear, insecurity, anxiety, etc., causing us to hide from Him and turn away from His purpose and will for our lives.
Our physical bodies began to waste away outwardly, becoming susceptible to illnesses and eventually resulting in death.

Our body, soul, and spirit are tainted with sin.
They no longer function to their maximum potential as designed before the fall.
Our bodies, souls, and spirit require intentional, specific care in each of the five areas so that our effectiveness in being vessels here on Earth is levelled up. Amen?
It is all about stewardship.
It is all about understanding how God has designed us and how our whole being functions as a single unit. 

I will end with a piece of good news.
It happened on Good Friday.
Jesus endured the cross and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).
Jesus paid the price for all our sin and redeemed all of humanity when He lived on Earth, ending with the most defining moment in His life – the Crucifixion.

Jesus’ body, soul, and spirit suffered severely, going through agonizing torment and overwhelming pain.
He was insulted, ridiculed, abandoned, and betrayed.
He experienced fear, sadness, anger, and disappointment.
He was bruised and tortured with an intensity that goes far beyond our human imagination.
Worst of all, He took on Himself the sins of this world, all encompassing, and suffered abandonment from the Father. 

Jesus led an exemplary life for us to emulate.
He prepared Himself for over 30 years and was in His best health holistically so that He could endure the cross.
Jesus knows exactly what we need and how we can prepare for ours.
My prayer for you is from 1 Thessalonians 5:23, that your whole being will be stewarded with your utmost care for His glory.

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”

1 Thessalonians 5:23

Amen.

Reflection and Prayer:

  • What is God speaking to you about your holistic health today in relation to the five key areas (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social?) Take time to reflect and pray through this.
  • What is one of the five areas that you are currently struggling with? Share your struggle with someone and pray together.
  • How can you take intentional steps to make sure all five areas are taken care of?

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