Spiritual health: draw close to God

In the Jan. 17 publication of the farragutpress, a section was included on health and fitness.

Just like physical health requires a proactive approach to wellness, so to is it required for our spiritual health.

James writes in Chapter 4 and verse 8, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” This is the first step to maintaining spiritual health.

Drawing near to God begins with the understanding that His word is the key.

The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy in his second letter these words in Chapter 2 and verse 15: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of God.”

Other versions of the Bible translate this passage as “study to show yourself approved of God.” Diligent study is one of the proactive means to growing our spiritual health.

Moreover, in our physical life we develop a routine that measures positive improvement in our physical health.

It is no different in our spiritual health.

Paul told Timothy in Chapter 4 and verses 15 of his first book, “Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.”

The prescription to spiritual health, then, is to focus entirely on those measures that develop and improve our spiritual health.

As Paul put it in verse 13 of chapter 4, “Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.”