Spiritual Health

Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. – Galatians 5:25

I’m going to ask you to do a little work, and I want to urge you to play along. It’s for your own good. Really.

Task Number One: On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being “awful” and 10 being “awesome” how healthy is your spiritual life? Take a minute and pick a number. No, seriously. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Got that number? Do not continue reading until you do!

Task Number Two: Here’s what I really want you to chew on – what would it look like to be at a 10? How would you feel? How would your life be different? What would you be doing differently? Whatever number you chose in Task Number One was chosen relative to some sense you have of what it would be like to be at a 10. I want you to describe your vision of awesome spiritual health. Not your mother’s vision. Not your pastor’s vision. Your vision. Once again, go ahead. I’ll wait.

Now let me rock your world a bit. You don’t have a spiritual life. Bet you didn’t see that coming, did you? You don’t have a spiritual life. You have a life and it is, in its entirety, spiritual. Read that sentence again. Seriously. Go ahead. I’m getting good at waiting.

Most of us compartmentalize our lives. We think we have a physical life, a financial life, a relational life, a recreational life, a spiritual life, etc. But the truth is that it’s all spiritual because God cares about every aspect of our lives and God’s Spirit is active in every aspect of our lives. How you treat your physical body is a spiritual issue. How you handle your finances is a spiritual issue. What happens in your relationships is a spiritual issue.

Chances are that when you described your vision of awesome spiritual health you thought about things like reading the bible and praying daily and worshiping each week. While those are good things that will certainly contribute to your spiritual health, compartmentalizing our spirituality from the other aspects of life can lead to all sorts of unhealth. It’s one of the reasons so many people who worship on Sunday morning are such buttheads on Monday morning – because they haven’t made the connection between spirituality and ALL of life.

So, now you’re ready for Task Number Three: With fresh eyes and a renewed mind, spend some time describing what awesome spiritual health looks like for you. Be specific. And then invite the power of the Spirit to lead you from where you are to where you’re feeling called to grow.

Jeff Marian serves as lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN

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  • Paul Gilje

    Ah, yes.. So insightful for me, who has been wondering where I stand on the spiritual spectrum, almost afraid to accept the truth. Paul Gilje