In order to begin a discussion on spiritual health, one must be willing to first accept that they may not actually be healthy, regarding their spirituality or, in this case, their relationship with God.
The world around us offers many solutions to being spiritually healthy, many of which involve finding faith in a god or finding inner peace within yourself. This article will deal mainly with finding true spiritual health in a deep, personal relationship with Christ Jesus.
In the book of Revelation, we are told that concerning one’s faith, God would prefer someone be either cold or hot, not lukewarm or anywhere in between.
Achieving spiritual health requires action on the part of the individual. If your desire is to develop or maintain spiritual health, you will need to work at it.
We should strive to keep our faith zealous and on fire for God in all seasons, the good and the bad, the highs and the lows.
In Romans 12:11-13, we read that we are to “Never be lazy but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. [We are to] Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”
Finding spiritual health includes being mindful of the gospel message that has set us free. We are sinners who deserve nothing more than death and separation from God, but He chose to give us another option.
Through our faith in Him, we find redemption, freedom, and confident hope. If we live every day with this understanding, our faith will be renewed each day, and will remain on fire for the Lord.
That being said, we are also told in Scripture that as believers, we are being made new each day, as we are transformed by the Spirit into the glorious image of God.
There are no exact steps in order to achieve spiritual health, but there are certainly things that we can do to develop ourselves as believers, strengthening and maturing our faith.
As believers, we have entered into a life-giving relationship with God Himself, and His Spirit is at work within us. Many people often say that they struggle to hear the voice of God in their lives, but I’ve found that God is often ready to speak; we just don’t take the time to listen.
In the fast-paced world we live in, it’s seldom that we create time to simply sit in silence. Schedule regular time to be silent and listen for the voice of God. In these moments, don’t worry about praying. Keep your mind silent and make time to simply be alone with Him.
It is important, also to remain in communication with God. We’re reminded in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 to “Always be joyful.” And to “Never stop praying.”
The Holy Spirit within us is praying all the time on our behalf, but it’s important to talk with God about all things, at all times. Having a strong prayer life is imperative for the spiritual health of a believer.
All humans were placed on the earth in the beginning with the sole purpose of enjoying God and all His creation. In doing this, we would bring glory to God in everything.
We understand that we messed everything up and allowed sin to enter the world, but in our forgiveness and right-standing through Christ, we now can glorify God once again.
We should commit ourselves to living lives of worship unto Him. This includes corporate worship when we gather for church services, but this also includes personal worship.
Colossians 3:17 tells us that, “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Everything we do on this earth can be worship unto God.
When we are actively worshipping Him, we are taking our attention off ourselves and our current situation, focusing solely on Him. Worship heals many wounds and emotions simply by removing that attention from ourselves and placing it back on God where it belongs.
We also achieve spiritual health through reading and meditating on the Word of God. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 we read that, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” This passage shows us that are many uses and practical applications for the reading of Scripture.
We will learn more about God, learn how to live, and learn how to serve. We have an incredible resource at our fingertips, but it often goes unused.
Spiritual health is found ultimately in a relationship with Christ. Read John 15:9-12, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
We are told in the passage above that our spiritual health is found when we abide (or remain) in God — in His love. When we obey His commands, we remain in His love. We find our joy and our satisfaction in Him alone. We are complete.
Remaining in God means loving Him, reading His Word, praying to Him, obeying His commands, serving His people, and allowing His Spirit to guide and instruct you in this life. Remain in Him and find spiritual health.