The Prosperous Soul

3 John 1:2

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

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The apostle John wrote to his local church with the reassurance God wants each one of his children to prosper not only spiritually, but also physically. The challenge though is more people emphasize the physical objectives of life and ignore the spiritual. They want the benefits of a healthy spiritual walk, but don’t want to invest the time and effort.

The prosperous life is so much more than physical comforts. You could gain the whole world, but be vastly poor in spirit. You could have beauty, power, and fame, but be empty, frustrated, and lonely. A disciple’s walk with his Teacher is life enriched with confidence, boldness, and humility. Her life radiates from an inner peace of contentment. The toys and material items that surround her are simply the means to fully experience the vast richness of God’s creation.

To be healthy is a blessing. But to be healthy for self-aggrandizement is pompous and vain. Health is a physical and mental condition. Both though are empowered by the soul. A soul that is rich in love, joy, patience, goodness, kindness, and self-control. The essence of God’s character is displayed through a soul that is in constant contact with Him.

A soul rich in spiritual blessings is the master of the physical comforts around them. The computer, television, smart phone, and automobile are simply tools being managed by the soul keeper. A rich soul is not addicted to the toys around him. Instead the rich soul effectively manages the comforts of life for a greater purpose.

A rich soul likewise treasures the body as a temple for His divine presence. Therefore, her attitude is to maintain and operate the body’s functions for the long haul. She will not glorify it but discipline it. She will praise its Creator and sustain it for His glory.

Whatever the enriched soul pursues, he does so with the intent to make it better than before. Whether mind, body, or soul, the desire is to magnify the creator. The enriched soul is not self-made. Instead, the prosperous soul knows Her Creator, regularly thanks him in gratitude, and humbly walks with those around him for their benefit and God’s purpose.

So, whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Prosper in your health, in your bank account, and in your relationships. But always remember your priorities and your most important function today. God knows. So do you.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
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Broken Bodies, Pristine Souls

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matt. 10:28 ESV.

This life goes by quickly.

It seems only like yesterday we graduated from high school, married, raised a family, and retired from work. Today, we barely recognize the same man in the mirror.

Hard muscles, trim abs, and smooth skin is now replaced with soft hands, a stout belly, and  bruised wrinkles. The aging process reinforces inner beauty over outer dress. The character of soul easily replaces the facade of dress.  Bodies that at one time were fully functional are now dragging along. Yet beauty becomes more alive as the soul of life takes preeminence.

We have all witness those who are physically challenge do what we believe is the impossible. Without mentioning names, there are those who have no arms nor legs yet fully  function within society. There are those wheel chair bound yet move about experience everything good that life has to offer. There are those who are blind, yet travel through life seeing more than you and I.

Physical limitations are just that – self-imposed strait jackets we place upon  ourselves. The real battle begins at the soul level. This is where the emphasis is on our heart, mind, and character. Every long lasting triumph worth pursuing begins here. Today we may call it attitudes, smarts, and inner muscle. The Bible calls these a matter of the heart, wisdom for the mind, and godly character developed through life’s battles.

The bottom-line – teach your children and grandchildren to first focus on developing the soul. Let them discover the hidden nuggets written through the pages of the Bible. Learn to listen and follow the Spirit of God. And develop a Jesus-Centered, Incarnate Triune God worldview. The end result? A soul that will positively influence every aspect of your life.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Discipleship 360
Author of e-Books:
 *  Great Business Emulates a Good God
 *  Be Radical…Follow Christ!
 *  Simply The Messenger
 *  Unequally Married

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How is it with Your Soul?

 

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, had a favorite question that he would employ to others whenever, wherever.  He would asked, “How is it with your soul?” If you never heard that question, it would beg a response.  How is it with your soul?

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The first time that question was imposed to me, I was being interviewed for an executive pastor role with a conservative Methodist church in the Midwest.  After answering 15 challenging questions that I felt good with the replies, the pastor asked me, how is it with your soul?

 

I stammered, made a few audible noises, then shouted “good”.  But deep inside, I was unsure.  I hesitated, and the pastor and search committee recognized my doubt.  It was here that I began to reflect on that one question with the intention that if Jesus Christ stood in front of me, how would I answer.  The result of my study and reflections ended up with me placing a dark blue vanity plate on my car with the question – How is it with Your Soul?

 

My question to you today is the same – How is it with your soul?  Now when we speak of the soul, we strongly believe like others that the soul encompasses the entire human spectrum of heart, mind, body, spirit, and social relationships.  It involves every area of the human experience, not just the spiritual.  When one’s soul is healthy, it influences your heart, emotions, thinking, decisions, and physical health.  When one’s soul is hurting, it carries into these other areas.  The soul is the governing agency that keeps the person operating within God’s will.  As Christians, our soul is being transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit into a new creation.  It is through the soul that life is fully expressed.

 

Yet Jesus said that the soul could die.  What good is it to acquire all the world’s material possessions only to lose one’s soul?  Paul also writes that we are a new creation.  What is being transformed? Is it not our souls? As one soul is clothed with Christ’s righteousness, are we not invited into a personal relationship with our Maker?  The Bible calls it being adopted into the family of God.  And as a family member, we have all the privileges of heavenly royalty.

 

Rather than walking around with a dark soul, swimming with evil, and on death row with no hope, Jesus provides us with a journey that includes a healthy, holy soul that can positively influence the world around us.

 

How is my soul?  In Christ, we are celebrating life.  In Christ, we are living the spiritual abundant life.  In Christ, God’s fullness of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, self-control, faith, and hope is being generated into a model of his image.

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Thank you for asking, for in Christ – my soul is living life to the fullest – and it is very good indeed.

 

But how is it with your soul?

Dr. Mike