“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23
As Christians, it’s our job to steward the mind, body, and spirit that God has given us. According to Laura Harris Smith, God will hold us accountable for how we steward our mind, body, and spirit on earth.
“We actually could stand before the Lord and have Him say, okay well you’ve not been blameless in these areas. It’s not that we’re trying to get there by work, it’s that I hate when I see friends of mine whose lives are cut short, their ministries are cut short because they did not take care of themselves bodily.”
How do we keep our being blameless? It’s as much about what we do as it is what we don’t do.
“In other words, there are things that we can do and be blamed for if something goes wrong in our mind, body, or spirit.”
We cannot pursue ministry for God if we don’t take proper care of our whole beings. Laura says we fall into the trap of only treating one-third or two-thirds of our entire being.
“I have a friends who did not take care of themselves spiritually. They went to the gym, they worked out, they went to therapy to get their emotions all in check, but they were spiritually a wreck. That’s why you have a lot of people walking around this earth who are just not whole.”
God loves us and therefore wants us to be whole. That wholeness is only found through caring for ourselves in spirit, soul, and body and in striving after in Him.
Laura Harris Smith founded Eastgate Creative Christian Fellowship with her husband, Pastor Chris Smith, and she is the director for the Eastgate Creative Arts Conservatory, where among other things, she mentors young writers all over the world in her online creative writing classes. An actress, playwright, poet, and media dynamo, she was a TV host on the Shop at Home Network and is the author of multiple books including The 30-Day Faith Detox: Renew Your Mind, Cleanse Your Body, Heal Your Spirit.
Key Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:23
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