THE HEALTHY CHRISTIAN
Good health is a blessing from God that is little appreciated. Those who are blessed with good health usually take it for granted and sometimes abuse their bodies. Finally, the abuses take their toll, and the body is no longer a smooth operating machine. Certain things are necessary if the body is to remain healthy. Proper food, exercise, and sufficient rest are essential.
The same principle is true with Christians. If we are to remain strong, we must feast upon the word of God, which is the bread of life; enjoy Christian fellowship by meeting regularly with other saints and worshipping God in spirit and in truth. However, there is another exercise that God expects of all his children. Just before ascending back to heaven, Jesus gave to his disciples the great commission. “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mk.16:15,16). In giving an illustration of how Christians were produced, Jesus related the parable of the sower and the seed. In Matthew 13, he said that the sower went forth to sow; some seed fell by the wayside and the fowls of the air devoured them. Some fell upon stony places, sprang up, but the heat of the sun scorched them and they withered and died. Other seed fell among thorns. They sprang up but the thorns choked them out. But other seed fell into good ground and brought forth fruit, some a hundred fold, some sixty fold, and some thirty fold. Jesus explained that the seed was the word of God. When the word of God is planted in honest hearts, Christians are the result. There is a lesson here for the Christian. The Christian has a responsibility to go and sow the seed. This is a part of the Christian’s exercise. Those Christians who fail thus to exercise are like the one with the healthy body who takes it for granted and fails to take care of it properly. They lose the Christian zeal that they once had; they will not develop the ability to reach other souls, and although they might study the word of God, if they do not develop the ability to present it to others, they become emaciated, wither away spiritually, and miss that wonderful home. Therefore, don’t try to hold on to Christianity selfishly, share it and become the picture of health spiritually.