Throughout my life, I’ve never been good at keeping appointments. Whether it was my annual physical with my doctor or my 6 month teeth cleaning, I’ve always felt the urge to cancel the appointment at the last minute. And now I know why… I didn’t like change, and I definitely didn’t like someone telling me that I needed to change or take on new habits. I was stubborn. However, doctors are persistent. It’s always the same questions over and over again: Do you drink? Are you taking your vitamins? Are you getting proper exercise? I often found myself rolling my eyes at those questions as I answered, “sometimes.” I know you’re probably thinking, how rude. Yes, it was probably a bit rude, but being questioned and interrogated while my naked body was covered with the thinnest cloth made me uncomfortable. As time went on, I got to know my doctor better. I developed a deeper relationship with her, making it easier for me to open up and trust her. And the more I trusted her, the more I wanted to take her advice seriously.
Are you trusting in your Physician?
I don’t mean your physical doctor. As you look beyond the natural you begin to realize that there is a great Physician who cares about your health and well being, and His name is Jesus. As you build a relationship with Him, you begin to trust in His advice and His correction.
So, how is your soul?
Growing in Christ requires inspection, and it invites us to go deeper than the surface. Are we able to be spiritually naked in order to expose things that need healing? Without exposure there is no restoration. And in order for our spirits to be healthy, there are some areas in our lives that we need to take a closer look at.
How is your weight? Maybe you are carrying some things that are weighing you down. God is saying, release it to Me today. How is your diet? Just like a physical diet, it is important for us to add healthy choices and remove - and resist - the wrong ones. Are you exercising? Salvation is something that must be maintained. And are you having fun? God is a joyous God, and a cheerful heart is good medicine (Proverbs 17:22).
God is calling you to draw near to Him. You don’t need to make an appointment, hang out in a waiting room for hours, or sit in a small, cold room as you wait for Him to be done with other patients. Wherever you are, right now, you can call on Him and He will be there with you. He comes to bring comfort, but He also comes to ask us those tough questions:
How is your obedience to God’s word?
Are you growing in humility?
Are you more tender and compassionate?
Are you more in love with Jesus?
Are you more in love with the church?
Are you seeking to reach the lost?
Do you have a servant’s heart?
Are you accountable?
Are you more generous?
Are you enjoying life?
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health, and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” -3 John 1:2