Towards Healing and Wellness

by Richard Ramos on June 30, 2014

Richard Ramos will be implementing a health and wellness program at First Church as part of his project thesis as he completes a Doctor of Ministry program at Perkins School of Theology.
 
 

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

I Corinthians 6:19-20

 

When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them body, soul and spirit. Because of the entrance of sin in the human race, this perfect creation was fatally ruined. But thanks be to God that through Christ’s death and resurrection, He paved the way for His church to experience wholeness and restoration. This does not mean that we will not do anything. The Bible text for today is admonishing all Christians to understand and take responsibility in taking care of their body as it is a temple of God the Holy Spirit. In essence, God has blessed the church with all the resources she needs in order to live a holistic Christian life. It is His perfect will that His disciples be both spiritually and physically fit to advance the mission of Christ throughout the world. But this takes a responsibility and accountability for what Christ has done on the cross - to heal, save and help the church live a holistic life.

I believe that all healing as well as health and wellness are a gift from God; whether it be through supernatural, natural or medical means. God is giving us opportunity to exercise our faith and the use of science for healing and wellness, as medical science is also a gift from God. I have observed that even spirit-filled Christian leaders are guilty of not taking care of their bodies very well in spite of the Scripture reminder that Jesus bought our body with a huge price. Scores of Christians still suffer from preventable diseases and unfortunately many of them pay the price of painful and costly suffering and eventually die in spite of many prayers which have been offered for their healing. God wants the best for us but He will respect our will and decisions as regards taking care of our body. So, let’s take action to experience God’s healing and wholeness. Let us pray and work together in establishing the ministry of holistic healing and wellness ministry in our community to honor and lift up the name of the Lord.

Tags: first church, the gospel of healthy living, health, wellness, healing

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