We live in a world where people sink billions of dollars into health and fitness, with not many really ever seeing a lasting return or result.
I just read a 2015 stat that showed the health club market was $81.2 billion dollars. I wonder how many of those billions that are spent on health memberships are never used? I think if you’re not willing to invest in yourself at your own house, then it’s a far jump to say you would actually show up at a GYM. Another $5.12 billion was spent on exercise equipment alone.
Now this is NOT an attacking blog about just health and fitness, so please stay with me.
Let’s look at those three little words from my title:
- Healed – “To make free from injury or disease: to make sound or whole. To make well again: to restore. To cause (an undesirable condition) to be overcome. To restore to original purity or integrity.”
- Whole – “Free of wound or injury. Free of defect or impairment. Physically sound and healthy: free of disease or deformity. Mentally or emotionally sound.”
- Healthy – “Free from disease or pain: enjoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit. Showing physical, mental, or emotional well-being. Beneficial to one’s physical, mental, or emotional state.”
(All three of these are taken from the Merriam-Webster dictionary.)
When I read those three words, I get brought back to God’s original design for mankind.
Genesis 1:26 (AMP) Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.” Verse 27: “So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them”.
Webster defined image as, “A reproduction or imitation of the form of a person or thing, a visual representation of something. Exact likeness.”
I love the last two words, exact likeness! God made me in the image of Him, an exact likeness. Now I’m sure someone, somewhere in the world, would love to do nothing more but take this apart and redefine it for me BUT it doesn’t matter to me! My relationship with God is based purely on that, relationship; not a religion, and for sure not mankind intellect.
God made man in His image, but because of decisions made, things took a turn from His perfect plan. BUT, my Jesus put all things back in order for those that call on Him, confess in Him and believe on Him!
I love what Benjamin Franklin said, “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” Or I would say, the decision-making power to pursue it yourself. The power of a decision is truly awesome!
So, what does healed, whole, and healthy mean to me? Does it mean that life is perfect because I live by faith and not by sight? Does it mean that all I have to do is speak words off the pages of the Bible and boom, everything changes? A little hocus-pocus and SHAZAM, it’s all fixed? Sorry, but no, life is life and it comes with that which seems like a roller coaster ride. But as a faith filled believer, we should have a hope that life and all its tips, turns and loops can NOT shake us from.
Healed, whole, and healthy to me means first and foremost that I know who I am in Christ Jesus. I know what the Word says and I walk in a revelational relationship with my God. It means that the Joy of the Lord is my strength (Psalms 28:7 AMP) no matter what life brings my way. It means that in every area of life, spiritually, physically, financially, emotionally, and socially, I see what Jesus did for me before I see the situation.
Healed, whole, and healthy might not be revealing right now in the natural realm that there is nothing missing and nothing broken, BUT, the hope we have in the greater One that lives in us does and that’s all that matters!