The Global Financial Crisis saw many industries crash and burn into oblivion.
But just as the trend was heading downwards, the wellness industry began exploding, experiencing double-digit growth across all sectors since 2010 to become one of the worlds largest and fastest growing industries today.
In 2014, 70% of Americans and 60% of Australians were overweight. Although there have been many contributing factors to the wellness industry’s growth, you could say that we’ve begun to wake up to the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Paul was also no stranger to exercise. Using the language of an athlete in training, he encouraged the Corinthians to develop a ‘spiritually healthy’ lifestyle:
‘All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step… I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should’ – 1 Corinthians 9:25-27
Paul understood the importance of living a spiritual life, because although there are many benefits to physical wellness, the benefits of spiritual health will far outweigh (excuse the pun!) it’s importance in eternity. He gives us the secret to living a spiritually healthy life:
‘Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves’ – Galatians 5:16
Just as a person resists the body’s craving for sugar by filling up on healthy food, so too we resist the urges of the sinful nature by filling up on the Holy Spirit. And according to Jesus, this healthy, spiritual food is the Word of God:
‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you – they are full of the Spirit and life’ – John 6:63
But just as healthy food must be consumed and gym equipment must be used to be effective, so too our spiritual health is not dependent on how much of the Word we know, but on how much of it we follow and obey.
The extent that we follow and obey the words of Jesus is the exact extent to which we are truly spiritual.
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