Every year I get a letter from my primary doctor reminding me it is time for my annual physical checkup. Since I alone am responsible for my health, I made the appointment. After I told her about a few problems I was experiencing, she did her examination.
From that examination, she decided I needed a pelvic CT (cat scan) which was followed by a chest CT. From the results of the cat scans, I was sent to several “specialists,” an Endocrinologist, Pulmonologist, Gastroenterologist, and Cardiologist. These “specialists” ordered a colonoscopy, endoscopy, echocardiogram, EKG, three ultra sounds in three different areas, a thyroid biopsy, blood analysis, and a mammogram.
The results are in. Thankfully and gratefully I have been diagnosed only with “AGE” or “aging.” Of course, all I need to see that problem is simply to look in the mirror. (At this point, I guess I will die healthy.) Still, as long as the Lord allows me to live, I will continue to keep a check on my health since my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Corinthians 6:19,20).
Let me also state, whatever our health issues are, we can still glorify God. I know many who suffer greatly from disease, and their lives are beautiful examples of God’s glory.
While a routine yearly physical checkup is important and can detect heath problems, a spiritual health checkup should be done more often. As we examine ourselves in light of the Scriptures, we can detect problems that can hinder our relationship with the Lord.
Consider this article from Our Daily Bread
(used by permission).
“We can checkup on our spiritual health by asking a few questions based on the great commandment, ‘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: this is the first commandment’ (Mark 12:30).
“Do I love God with all my heart because He first loved me? Which is stronger, my desire for earthly gain or the treasures that are mine in Christ? ‘If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God’ (Colossians 3:1).
He desires that His peace rule in our hearts.
“Do I love God with all my soul? Do I listen to God telling me who I am? Am I moving away from self-centered desires? Am I becoming more compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, and patient? ‘Put on bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering’ (Colossians 3:12).
“Do I love God with all my mind? Do I focus on my relationship with His Son, Jesus, or do I let my mind wander wherever it wants to go? ‘Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth’ (Colossians 3:2).
“Do my thoughts lead to problems or solutions? To unity or division? Forgiveness or revenge? ‘Forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye’ (Colossians 3:13).
“Do I love God with all my strength? Am I willing to be seen as weak so that God can show His strength on my behalf? ‘And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus...’ (Colossians 3:17).
“Am I relying on His grace (not self) to be strong in His Spirit? Exchange your strength for His.”
What is your answer to these questions?
To keep physically healthy, we may need to see many different specialists, and we should follow their instructions. But to keep spiritually healthy, I am glad we do not need to run from one “specialist” to another. We can go directly to our Great Physician, Jesus Christ. He has the answers to all our problems. The answers are in our reach, lovingly written down in His Word. He asks us to apply His truths to our daily lives. By following His instructions and obeying His commands, we can be spiritually healthy. This is written because I care… Carlene.