Written by: Megan Kincheloe
So I have done quite a bit of writing about the importance of having wise counsel. And while I believe wholeheartedly that this is essential in a walk with Christ, I am starting to vividly see and experience how much deeper it goes than this. You see, over the past little bit, I feel like I have been living life in a fog. Which isn’t really living. I go through the motions every day and frankly, haven’t seen a thing wrong with that because if I am being honest, I like my motions and have them pretty down pat. But I recognized recently that as much as I love people, I haven’t been loving them as I would like to. Like intentionally loving them and investing in them. And some recent conversations caused me to pause and think about what it really means to love someone.
The most important investment I could come up with is being concerned with their spiritual condition.
What I have noticed repeatedly is that people are overly concerned if you have a physical condition. You may hear comments such as, “You need to take care of yourself. You only have one heart.” Or, “Oh my goodness. I hope you feel better. Do you need anything?” Maybe they will even give you some suggestions of alternative treatments they successfully used for the same ailment. But how are your friends encouraging your spiritual condition? What do they say when you tell them the ‘old you’ no longer exists? What do they say when you tell them you don’t get drunk anymore? What do they say when you refuse to engage in gossip? Are they concerned with your spiritual condition?
See, here is what I know. Taking care of our physical condition is super important. 1 Corinthians 6:19 states, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself.” (NLT) And when I think about our spiritual condition, I think about how we arrive to a healthy place in this area. And I believe we get there by living the lives God called us to live. And while He has a different calling for each of us, one thing He calls all believers to do is live holy lives. 1 Peter 1:13-16, “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” (ESV)
The minute you make a decision to follow Christ, the old is gone. Leave it there. And surround yourself with friends who will support you leaving it there and will encourage you. Because the truth is, that physical condition may indeed kill you…but that spiritual condition determines where you are going when your time is up.