“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth…” (3 Jn. 2).
How many times have we heard someone say, “God wants us to prosper even as our soul prospers?” There are two things wrong with this statement. First, the verse was not quoted accurately. Secondly, the verse is being taken out of its proper context. When a verse is quoted inaccurately and not used in its proper context, it means that there is a lack of understanding somewhere. When a misunderstanding occurs, then someone loses out on reaping the total value of the principle.
So what is missing in this interpretation? An understanding of the fact that God does not place half the effort into anything He does. Whenever He does anything, it is full and complete. It is whole, not the parts that equal the whole. Although, at first, we may not see the complete picture, we walk in faith and believe that the process is already complete. In other words, a person cannot realistically profess to be living in health and prosperity if there is a deficit in any area of their being. If a person has neglected any area of life, then they are not whole.
What does this have to do with Kingdom Living? Well, as believers, we have lived with blinders on for quite some time. We tend to focus intently on the spiritual portion of our lives. However, many of us still neglect the other areas of our lives that fall under the “be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” category. As a result, we have so many broken and unhealthy people within the Body of Christ who are not really living well. So what can we do to reverse this cycle? Well, I am a firm believer that information can lead to transformation. Once we gain access to the right information and we apply that information to our situation appropriately, we can make informed decisions that lead to experiencing real change.
In this series on health and wellness, we will be discussing the definitions of health and wellness on Tuesdays in the upcoming weeks. In addition, we will be discussing what health and wellness means for us as believers. We cannot talk about living our lives based on Kingdom principles when our daily activities are completely antithetical to what we profess to believe. As with everything else in God’s Kingdom, there lies an interconnection between health and prosperity. We cannot find one without the other. So let the journey begin to health and wellness!
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”